Statue of Mary at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. CNS photoStatue of Mary at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. CNS photoThe Lourdes Experience will be held this December for the third time. 

The Singapore association of the Order of Malta, a lay religious order, is once again organising the event, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, Dec 6.  

According to the association, hundreds of litres of the water from the well-known Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, will be imported and distributed to the sick at the event. The water is known to have miraculous properties.

Mr Michael Khoo, president of the Order of Malta Singapore, told CatholicNews that the event is to “enable those of the faithful in Singapore who for any personal reason are unable to make the pilgrimage to Lourdes, in particular the sick, the infirm and the needy, to experience Lourdes here in Singapore”.

The programme for the event includes a Mass celebrated by Archbishop William Goh and priests, Stations of the Cross, a candlelight multilingual rosary procession and adoration of the Eucharist.

According to the Order of Malta Singapore, because of limited seating capacity at the indoor stadium, each parish will be allotted tickets corresponding to the population of Catholics in that parish.

The tickets are free and will be made available through parish representatives. Ticket distribution will be made closer to the event, probably in early November.

Announcements will be made in Catholic News, church bulletins and parish notice boards etc.

The order will also be providing more details on its Facebook page, Order of Malta Singapore, closer to the event.

The Lourdes Experience was previously held in 2004 and 2008.

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