The Jubilee of Rocamadour
Rocamadour celebrates a thousand years of pilgrimage
Rocamadour will celebrate its Jubilee as and from March 25th. Over this holy year, up to 50 events will mark a thousand years of pilgrimage to the Black Madonna and the 100th anniversary of its Basilica. In 2013, pilgrims of Rocamadour will be given “Plenary Indulgence”, granted by the Pope.
1000 years of a historical pilgrimage
In the Southwest of France, the shrine of Rocamadour shelters the statue of Our Lady of Rocamadour. The 12th century wooden statue wearing a golden-incrusted tiara is reputed for her miracles. Since the Middle Ages, thousands of pilgrims have visited the shrine, including notable people such as Henry II of England, King St. Louis, St. Dominic, St. Bernard, St. Anthony of Padua…
The origins of Rocamadour date back to the 5th century, after the Council of Ephesus, when a first ancient sanctuary was built. In 1166, the perfectly preserved body of the Christian hermit St. Amadour was discovered. From the 11th century on, the sanctuary was considered the 4th Christian holy place after Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostela.
The town has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979. It is perched on a cliff on the right bank of the river Alzou. For a thousand years now, pilgrims have climbed up the 216 stairs to reach the shrine.
A year of celebrations to give thanks to the Black Madonna
From the 25th of March, the sanctuary will celebrate the 6th Jubilee of its history. The theme is “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1, 37). These words by the Virgin Mary during the Annuciation suit the incredibly built shrine where miracles continue to happen every day.
During this holy year in Rocamadour, the Christian faithful will be given “Plenary Indulgence”. This specific grace was granted by Pope Benedict XVI. During this year, the St. Saviour’s Basilica will be advanced to the position of “Major Basilica”, a hundred years after its dedication as a Basilica by Pope Pius X.
From March 25th to December 8th, up to 50 events will mark this Jubilee Year. The “Jubilee Route” will guide the pilgrims on the “Holy Road” to the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Rocamadour is a pilgrimage site in its own right and a stage on the historical route to Santiago de Compostela. The Rocastella, certificate of completion of the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Rocamadour, will be given to pilgrims converging to Rocamadour on August 15th, 2013.
5 Great Events
- March 25th: Inauguration of the “Jubilee Route” and Opening of the Holy Door, chaired by Bp. Norbert Turini, Bishop of Cahors
- June 8th and 9th: First Centenary of the dedication of the St. Saviour’s Basilica, chaired by Cardinal Philippe BARBARIN, Archbishop of Lyon, Primate of the Gauls
- August 13th to August 15th: Solemnity of the Assumption, chaired by Cardinal Marc OUELLET, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
- September 8th to September 15th: Marian Week, chaired by Bp. Norbert Turini, Bishop of Cahors
- December 8th: Closing Ceremony of the Jubilee, chaired by Archbishop Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio to France