Fifteenth Apparition – Thursday 4th March 1858

At 7 o’clock in the morning, in the presence of several thousand people, Bernadette arrived at the Grotto, but the vision did not appear. After school, she feels an inner calling of the Lady to return to the Grotto. She goes to the Grotto and asks her again for her name. The Lady’s only response is a smile. The Lady repeats the previous message of:
Go, tell the priests to bring people here in procession and have a Chapel built here.

Bernadette accompanied by her two aunts for support went to the presbytery to see Fr Peyramale. She was turned away and called a liar by the furious priest and was forbidden from returning to the Grotto.

Bernadette was not to be so easily deterred and accompanied by a friend of the priest she returned to deliver her message. She was questioned thoroughly by the entire parish clergy. Fr Peyramale tells her again: “If the lady wants her chapel, let her tell you her name, and ask her to make the rosebush at the grotto flower”

Following this meeting Fr Peyramale then went to Tarbes to confer with the bishop, a Mgr Laurence who concluded that Fr Peyramale should avoid being seen at the grotto, as this might indicate an approval of the events that had taken place.

Bernadette was to return to Fr Peyramale on the following two days to re-deliver her message. During this time many thousands of people had flooded into Lourdes, and expectations of a spectacular sign had spread through the town. With the priest’s approval, a guard was posted at the grotto through the night. He had responded to Bernadette.

“The third time I went to see M. le Curé, to tell him that a Lady had ordered me to go and say to the priests that they were to have a chapel built there, he looked at me for a moment, and then he said to me in a rather gruff tone, ‘Who is this lady?’ I answered that I did not know. Then he commissioned me to ask her name and to come and tell him. The next day when I arrived at the grotto I recited my rosary and then asked her, from M. le Curé what her name was, but all she did was to smile. When I got back I went to M. le Curé to tell him that I discharged his commission, and her only response was her smile; then he said she was laughing at me and that I would do well not to go to her again. But, I could not help going.”

Life in the town of Lourdes began to return to normality after the fortnight ended. Bernadette returned to school and prepared for her first Communion. The priest, Fr Peyramale, was concerned and on March 18th Bernadette was ordered to attend for a further formal interrogation. She was questioned about the so–called miracles and her intentions, but Bernadette stated that she did not believe she had cured anyone. She was also examined by a doctor to prove her sanity.