This statue is approximately 23 ins. tall.
The story of Our Lady of Lourdes begins when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a "Lady" spoke to her in the cave while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Similar apparitions of the "Lady" were reported on eighteen occasions that year, when Bernadette was told to dig with her hands until a spring gushed forth. Water from the spring has been attributed with many miraculous healings.
On 18 January 1862, the local bishop, Betrand Severt Laurence, declared the following regarding the alleged Marian apparitions:
"We are inspired by the Commission comprising wise, holy, learned and experienced priests who questioned the child, studied the facts, examined everything and weighed all the evidence. We have also called on science, and we remain convinced that the Apparitions are supernatural and divine, and that by consequence, what Soubirous saw was the Most Blessed Virgin. Our convictions are based on the testimony of Soubirous, but above all on the things that have happened, things which can be nothing other than divine intervention."