The Courtyard – Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Halasuru, Bangalore, India

The courtyard at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a special feature extending the building space to the outside beneath the canopy of several large gulmohar and palm trees. The large brick-paved space is quietly surrounded by many shrines during the weekdays, and becomes a festive area of celebration on the weekends when Masses are held outside.

The large space is particularly joyful when filled with crowds such as the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in February of each year.

The focal point of the courtyard is the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and there are also glass-encased shrines for Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Anthony of Padua. A lovely stone shrine enclosing a white statue of the Blessed Mother with the Baby Jesus stands to the left of the church entrance; and on the right side is a recreation of the Crucifixion scene.

Like the interior of the church itself, the courtyard is a place of gathering in celebration, but also can be a welcome respite from the busyness of the trafficked-street just beyond the compound gates.

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