A light brilliant as the sun, but sweet and gentle, like everything that comes from heaven, a beautiful lady was seen by Bernadette. She was dressed with a brilliant white dress, of unknown texture and tied to it was a blue ribbon; a long white veil that fell to her feet covered her body. Her bare feet of a virginal cleanliness seemed to lean on the wild rose bush. Two gold color brilliant roses covered the top of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s feet. Her hands were clasped together in front of her chest in a fervent, prayerful position. She held a long white and gold rosary with a beautiful golden cross between her fingers.
Everything in her radiated happiness, majesty, innocence, goodness, sweetness and peace. Her forehead was smooth and serene; her eyes where blue, full of love; and her lips appeared soft and meek. Our Lady seemed to be greeting Bernadette tenderly while she bent toward her.
Bernadette took her rosary from her pocket (since she always carried it with her), made the sign of the cross as if to protect herself, and her hand became paralyzed. At this moment the Blessed Virgin took the cross of the rosary, made the sign of the cross, and asked Bernadette to do the same. Her paralyzed arm became free at that moment. Our Lady started to go through the beads of the rosary between her fingers and Bernadette started to pray her rosary. After she finished, Our Lady made a sign with her finger so that Bernadette may come closer. With her hand extended she leaned gently with a smile as if she was departing from her. The vision ended !
Bernadette asked the other girls if they saw something, and they responded they had not. She told them her experience and asked them to keep silence, but Bernadette’s sister told her mother. Her mother did not believe and ordered Bernadette to stop thinking such daydreams and prohibited her from going to the grotto again.
That same evening while praying the family rosary, Bernadette broke out in tears, repeating her favorite invocation : “ Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”