(Feb) 20. Our Lady of Boulogne-sur-Mer. In this church there is seen an image said to have been brought in a ship by the ministry of angels, A.D. 633. Louis XI. gave this church
a massive golden heart, weighing as much as two thousand crowns, A.D. 1479, and ordained that all the kings of France, his successors, should make a similar offering on their accession to the crown. (Trip. Cour., nomb. 53.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Illustration of King Louis XI, in 1479 A.D., presenting Our Lady his humble homage, and bestowing upon Her Shrine/the Church
of Our Lady of Boulogne-sur-Mer, a solid golden heart.
In 633 A.D., in the city of Boulogne-sur-mer, part of the Kingdom of France, some villagers at the seashore
witnessed a mysterious boat or ship, come into the *harbor of Boulogne. It finally came to rest in the estuary of the Liane River, seemingly of its own accord. At first glance no one was seen and on climbing aboard, a man confirmed that
the vessel was empty of people and without rudder, oars or sails. The ship, however, bore a luminous statue of the Virgin and Child. On bringing the statue on land a voice was heard saying, “I choose your city as a place
*At the same time the vessel came into the harbor of Boulogne, the Holy Virgin appeared to several faithful in a chapel on the heights
of the city, announcing the arrival of the boat in the port and asking them to install the statue in the chapel, so that it could be honored. They gratefully complied with Her request.
Miraculous prodigies soon followed and pilgrims from all over Christendom, which included many Kings and Saints, would travel to venerate Our Lady at Boulogne-sur-mer, where eventually a renowned Cathedral (which was most tragically sacked
by French revolutionaries) and then a beautiful Basilica was later to be built, from the generous alms of the pious patrons of Notre-Dame de Boulogne.
Video: Processions for Notre-Dame de Boulogne c. 1900
"Godfrey of Bouillon Credits His Crusade Victory to Our Lady of Boulogne"
Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M.
Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.