Day 1. Thursday, October 22: Transatlantic flight to Toulouse, France
Day 2. Friday, October 23: Toulouse – Lourdes
Welcome to France! Upon arrival in Toulouse, board your private motor-coach and head to Lourdes, where in 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to St. Bernadette Soubirous at the Grotte Massabielle. Enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight in Lourdes. Tonight you may participate in the candlelight procession. (WD)
Days 3, 4, and 5. Saturday, October 24, Sunday, October 25, and Monday, October 26: Lourdes
Attend the international celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Society of St. Pius X in Lourdes. (BB, D)
Day 6. Tuesday, October 27: Lourdes – Toulouse – Rome
Today travel to Toulouse to take your flight to the Eternal City. Upon arrival into Rome, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 7. Wednesday, October 28: Rome
Start the day by visiting the great Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s four major basilicas and the Cathedral of Rome. It is also known as the Redeemer, because of the apparition of the face of Christ on the day of its consecration. Also, view the largest relic in the Christian world, the Scala Santa, the 28 “Holy Steps” that Our Lord ascended to be judged by Pontius Pilate. Next, visit the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem; it houses an extraordinary collection of relics associated with the Passion of Our Lord. Continue to the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore, which houses two of Christianity’s greatest treasures: the manger from Bethlehem in which the Baby Jesus was laid following His birth, and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. The basilica was built on the site where a miraculous snowfall occurred in August of 356. Your last visit is to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of St. Peter’s tomb. It houses a portion of the wood of the True Cross and part of the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter and admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Render homage to the incorrupt body of St. Pius X and to the many buried popes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8. Thursday, October 29: Rome
Included in your sightseeing today is Chiesa Nuova, built by
St. Philip Neri, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Pope St. Gregory the Great. The Chapel of St. Philip houses his relics. The 13th-century miraculous icon of Our Lady of Vallicella is enshrined above the high altar. Afterwards, visit the Church of St. Agnes in Agony, a jewel of Baroque architecture, richly decorated with large-scale sculptures and frescoes, and which houses the skull of St. Agnes. Continue to the Church of St. Augustine, which houses a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary brought from Constantinople after the Turkish conquest. Finally, visit S. Maria sopra Minerva and render homage to St. Catherine of Siena and Blessed Fra Angelico. The rest of the day is free. (BB)
Day 9. Friday, October 30: Rome
This morning, visit the Church of S. Andrea delle Fratte, where St. Maximilian Kolbe celebrated his first Mass and Alphonse Ratisbonne’s conversion took place. In S. Maria in Via, pray before the miraculous image of the Madonna of the Well. Afterwards, in the Church of San Marcello al Corso, pay homage to the Miraculous Crucifix of S. Marcello, dating back to the 14th century and the only object that survived the fire of 1519. Your next visit is to S. Maria in Aracoeli, built on the highest point of the Capitoline, one of Rome’s seven hills. It houses a miraculous ancient portrait of Our Lady; a miraculous painting of St. Anthony; the 15th-century statue of the Santo Bambino; the tomb of the Empress St. Helen; relics of Bl. John of Triora; and a column from a room of Emperor Augustus. The ceiling of the church commemorates the Battle of Lepanto. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 10. Saturday, October 31: Rome
The first visit of the day will be to S. Salvatore in Onda. St. Vincent Pallotti, the “Second St. Philip Neri” was a native Roman priest who had founded the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) in 1835, and he was granted the complex here to be its headquarters in 1846. St. Vincent’s body is now enshrined under the main altar. Next, visit the Basilica of S. Maria in Trastevere, one of the most important churches in Rome; it was the first place of worship dedicated to the Madonna. Nearby, visit the Church of St. Chrysogonus, one of the first parish churches of Rome, housing the shrine of Bl. Anna Maria Taigi, buried in the habit of a tertiary of the Trinitarians. In Trastevere also, visit the Church of St. Cecilia, built over the ruins of the house where St. Cecilia lived prior to her martyrdom. In 821, the body of the saint was exhumed from the Catacombs of San Callisto by St. Paschal I and returned to this church. The rest of the day is at leisure with independent dinner. Overnight in Rome. (BB)
Day 11. Sunday, November 1: Genazzano & Rome
After breakfast, drive east to the charming town of Genazzano to venerate the miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel. This miraculous image traveled from Albania, crossed the Adriatic Sea, and descended onto one of the church’s unfinished walls. The portrait is suspended in the air and has been so for over 500 years. It is one of the most miraculous and venerated images of Our Lady in Italy. On the way back to Rome, stop at the SSPX Albano headquarters for lunch. Then, visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the Apostle’s tomb and his prison chains. Afterwards, visit the Catacombs, where early Christians used to celebrate Mass. Many saints were buried there, and the catacombs later became places of pilgrimage. Arrive at your hotel for a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of a beautiful pilgrimage. Overnight in Rome. (BB, L, FD)
Day 12. Monday, November 2: Homebound flight
Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight home.
(BB) Buffet breakfast, (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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