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Annual Pilgrimage to the Grotto of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, MD

August 3, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, Md., is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2023. Diocesan priests will be available to hear Confessions from 9-11:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Chapel of Saint Mary’s on the Hill (“The Glass Chapel”). During this morning time, pilgrims are invited to enter into the prayerfulness of the Shrine: visit “Calvary” near the top of the mountain; visit the Shrine Grotto; pray the Via Crucis along Corpus Christi Lane; pray the Rosary along Rosary Lane; and collect some spring water near the Our Lady of the Esplanade fountain pool (ask any priest to bless and sanctify this water).

The pilgrimage Mass is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in the Glass Chapel. Msgr. James Lyons, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hanover, will be the celebrant and homilist. Please bring your lunch and some food to share. In order to keep the Eucharistic fast, please plan to eat lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The afternoon schedule includes Eucharistic Adoration, a spiritual talk and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, concluding with Benediction around 4 p.m.

The gift of a Plenary Indulgence is granted to members of a pilgrimage group, who, out of devotion to the Blessed Mother and Our Lord, Jesus Christ, visit the National Shrine Grotto on any day of the year.

For further inquiries, please contact Father John Hoke (St. Joseph Parish, Milton) at 570-742-4356 or Father Michael Reid (St. Vincent Parish, Hanover) at 717-637-4625.


August 3, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes St. Mary’s Chapel
16300 Grotto Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727 United States
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Father Michael Reid