Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sainte Foy in All Her Splendor

Sunday morning, 6 October, Conques...

The crowd gathered and jostled for position

Dignitaries began emerging from the church and finding their places in the courtyard.
I knew when the gendarmes came out of the cloister, though, we were getting close..
I'll let the video speak for itself.

I was not raised in a 'saint' tradition. Methodists barely acknowledge as saints the men (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) who wrote the Gospels, much less obscure 12 year-old martyrs. But seeing Sainte Foy in all her splendor being processed through the crowd and into the church gave me shivers of joy. She is so beloved here! And I caught that spirit as well.

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