Rare 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. (Daily Posted in 2021)

Feb 21 Our Lady of Good Haven in Dol (Brittany, France)

(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 (Brittany).

 

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.

 

Related Links: 

Ave Maris Stella (in Latin and English)

Surviving The 3 Days of Darkness in the Land of St. Anne (Brittany)

*"L'Ex-Voto" (Ship) Painting by Henry-Paul Royer (1898 A.D.)

 

*Note: An Ex-Voto ship, is a ship model displayed in a Catholic church - often constructed and given as gifts to a church by seamen and ship builders. The practice of displaying model ships in Catholic churches stems from the Middle Ages. The Latin term Ex-Voto means "made after a vow". There are many other types of Catholic Ex-voto objects/offerings too.

 

"L'Ex-Voto" (Ship) Painting by Ulysse Butin (1880 A.D.)

c. 1900 Picture of Young French Mariner Holding an Ex-Voto Ship

The Miraculous Voyage of St. Raymond of Penyafort

 

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.

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The TCW Staff | Reply 22.02.2021 19:40

For all of us hoping/planning to travel to Brittany [where it is prophesied, it will be the safest place on earth during the 3 Days of Darkness], let us invoke the Blessed Virgin under Her powerful title, Notre-Dame de Bon Port (Our Lady of Good Haven).

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