The chrome is being shined up, the leather polished to a burnished glow. Motorcyclists from near and far are revving up their bikes for a unique event, the Blessing of the Motorcycles at the scenic Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, Route 118, outside Litchfield, Connecticut at 2 p.m. on May 15, 2022.
Over 500 people are expected for the 44th Annual “Blessing” conducted by the Montfort Missionaries. The setting will be dramatic. The shrine, constructed of local fieldstone in a natural rock ledge, was modeled after the famed grotto in Lourdes, France, where the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared in 1858. Thousands of pilgrims have come to worship at the Connecticut Lourdes since it opened in 1958. Public devotions are held every Sunday from May to October.
The blessings began as a way to promote safety on the road and improve the image of motorcyclists. Each rider present on May 15th and his or her vehicle will be individually blessed along with anyone else who wishes a blessing, motorcyclist or not. Spectators will have a chance to admire a variety of gleaming machines, Harleys to Yamahas, Suzukis to Hondas, to examine their high-tech trappings, and talk to the drivers.
About Lourdes in Litchfield
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk and Mass is celebrated Tuesday to Sunday at 11:30am in the Grotto or in the Grotto Chapel in the event of inclement weather. During the open season, May to October, Marian Prayer, Rosary, and Benediction are offered Sundays at 3:00 pm. Groups are welcome by calling in advance, at 860-567-1041, to schedule specific dates. Located on the grounds of the Shrine are the Grotto Gift Shop and the Grotto Cafe. The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 and to 4:30 and from 12:30 pm (after Mass) to 4:30 on Sunday. The Cafe is open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Come and experience the peace and tranquility the Shrine offers to all visitors. For further information, visit www.shrinect.org or email: lourdesshrinect@gmail.