Our Lady of Lourdes - Coal Center, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jonathanatpsu
N 40° 04.998 W 079° 53.789
17T E 594082 N 4437586
Quick Description: A statue of Mary with the title of Our Lady of Lourdes at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Coal Center, PA
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 6/10/2022 1:24:17 PM
Waymark Code: WM16A0P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
This statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located at Mount Calvary Cemetery on Highpoint Drive near Coal Center, Pennsylvania. The statue is near the main entrance to the cemetery, in a row of 19 statues of saints and Old Testament prophets. It has the title "Our Lady of Lourdes" on the base and shows Mary standing with her hands folded in prayer and a rosary draped over her arm.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated by Christians as the Mother of the Word Incarnate, Our Lord Jesus Christ. As a young girl betrothed to St. Joseph, Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a son by the Holy Ghost, who would be the Son of God. In humble obedience to the divine messenger, Mary replied, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word." In Bethlehem, her Son was born and was adored by shepherds and kings. As is known throughout the world, this Son, Jesus Christ, went on to suffer on the cross and rise again, offering salvation to the world through Him. Today, Mary is venerated as the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven.

The title of Our Lady of Lourdes refers to when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a poor young girl, a number of times in 1858 in Lourdes, France. The Blessed Mother referred to herself as the Immaculate Conception and told Bernadette to have a chapel built at the grotto where the apparitions took place. While at first the local priest did not accept Bernadette's story, eventually he came to believe, as did many of the people of France, especially those who received miraculous cures at the grotto's spring. The Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes was built at the site in 1876 and is still one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. St. Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity, died in 1879, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933.
Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Statue Location: Mount Calvary Cemetery

Entrance Fee: None

Artist: Not listed

Website: Not listed

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