The Star of the Sea, the Sea of Sorrow

Today, in honor of the special devotion of the Church during the month of May to the Blessed Virgin, I offer a five-day prayer to Mary with St. Catherine of Siena:

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

The Song of Bernadette (1943) is, of course, the story of St. Bernadette and her visions at Lourdes. Cinematically it is absolutely gorgeous- in fact, this was the film which moved me to include stills as part of this series.

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It should be noted that The Song of Bernadette was adapted from Franz Werfel’s book of the same name, which is itself a dramatized interpretation of the events surrounding the life of St. Bernadette and the Marian apparitions. (You can read a little about the discrepancies in the wikipedia article.) Still, I certainly recommend it. Bonus: A young Vincent Price plays a supporting character.

Here is a link to the full film. As always, if you have access to a local video store which carries such rare gems, please support them. Not only is it the right thing to do, but the image quality will be much better than a youtube video!

And by the way- this post is in honor of the feast day of St. Bernadette, which is April 16th. However, since this year it falls on Easter, I am posting this on one of her alternate feast-days: February 18th, the day her Lady promised to give her happiness- not in this life, but in the next. xo

Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Song of Bernadette (1943).” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 7 May. 2017.