Forgiveness of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray this year returns to its usual configuration, in compliance with health instructions. “July 26 is the liturgical feast of Sainte-Anne-d’Auray: the great pardon on the scale of Brittany, it is the flagship of pardons. An ancient tradition rooted in regional culture ”, recalls Father Gwénaël Maurey. The rector of the basilica indicates that Pope Francis has made 2021 the year of Saint Joseph, and that he has, moreover, decreed that the fourth Sunday in July will be the world day of grandparents and the elderly. “So many choices that echo the Holy Family. Saint Anne being the grandmother of Jesus, this forgiveness could only be placed under the sign of the family. Forgiveness must be an intergenerational gathering ”.
Compulsory health pass
As part of this event which, over all the ceremonies of the day and the vigil, can accommodate up to 20,000 people, the prefecture has imposed on the organizers the obligation for participants to present a health pass as well as ‘an ID. “This is a request that we can comply with without any problem. It is an approach which has a Christian and responsible dimension ”, specifies Father Gwénaël.
The company providing security for the event will verify the passes. This involves presenting the document validating a double vaccination or a negative covid test of less than 48 hours. For people who arrive without a pass, the Regional Health Agency will set up a test area, but which will require more time. Wearing a mask will be compulsory indoors.
Big forgiveness and more
The day before the big pardon, Sunday July 25, the vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m., followed by the vigil. Monday July 26 will begin with Lauds at 8 a.m., a mass will be said in Breton at 9 a.m. The pontifical mass at the Memorial will take place at 10:30 a.m., under the presidency of Mgr Gérard Le Stang, Finistérien named bishop of Amiens last March, surrounded by the other Breton bishops. 2:30 p.m., musical moment. 3 p.m., rosary. 3:30 p.m., pontifical vespers. 5 p.m., festive postlude. 6 p.m., mass. A meeting possible thanks to the investment of 100 volunteers, volunteers and musicians.
“Last year, covid forced us to innovate, which is a good thing,” notes Bruno Belliot, secretary general of the sanctuary and director of the academy of music and sacred art. He recalls that a program of spiritual and cultural meetings runs from July 14 to August 28.
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