(Feb) 21. Our Lady of Good Haven, in Dol, propitious to mariners. (Trip. Cour., nomb. 51.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Statuary of Notre-Dame de Bon Port (Our Lady of Good Haven) - church in Bourgneuf-en-Retz
Notre-Dame de Bon Port is known as the patron of
mariners - having numerous times over the centuries, interceeded to protect those at sea from peril. Here is but one example:
In 1838 A.D., a crew of 48 Catholic
seamen from Brittany, on a return voyage from Newfoundland, were besieged at sea by a violent tempest. Their vessel began to take in water, and they were certain it would capsize. In common, they decided to have recourse to Our Lady of Good Haven
- promising to honor Her publicly at the Church under that title, in Paimpol [Brittany], if she saved them from the certain destruction. They had
barely finished their prayer, when the weather became calmer and the waves began to subside. The mariners were able to repair their sails, and catch a favorable wind, which brought them home to the coasts of Brittany.
Once ashore, they recited the Litany of Loreto, and walked barefooted and bare-headed along the banks and through the streets, to the Church of Our Lady of Good Haven in Paimpol (which contained
a much venerated image of Notre-Dame de Bon Port). The towns people marvelled at the sight and followed them as they walked - giving thanks to the Powerful Mother who had saved them. When the crew arrived at the Church, the fervent mariners,
with the most heartfelt sentiment, chanted the hymn, “Ave Maris Stella” in which they were joined in gratitude by the people.