Candles at the shrine

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Margrit M. Berger (S… on February 5, 2008

How lovely, all these warm colours and soft light. A refuge for meditation and calmness.

  • I just looked for it at the Internet and found that it is a sanctuary for pilgrims and I saw a picture with the church, the square and hundreds of people. I fear there will not be much place for contemplation.

Thank you for your wonderful photo, which transmits this impression of silence, I felt at first sight, in spite of the many visitors, which may have been there!

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on February 5, 2008

Take heart, May! I remember it as a very busy place the one time I was there previously, in the 1970s. This time our small tour party arrived late in the afternoon of a very stormy day. The others went in while I took pictures of one of the spires, knowing that it would be darker by the time we were ready to leave. Then I went in.

A mass was being held at the front of the huge sanctuary, about a dozen people in attendance. I sat down at the back to watch and listen, and to meditate; I did not want to hunt the shop (in a separate building) or look at the relics of Ste. Anne.

I was amused with myself. I'm Protestant but quite familiar with the text of the Latin mass both from study and from singing. But this, of course, was in French, so I had no idea how far along they were until I saw the Elevation of the Host. I remained until the end. Then I took the photo of the nave (if you look carefully you can see that one person had stayed to meditate), and on my way out, of the shrine and candles. I didn't see any other members of out tour group--I've no idea where they disappeared to, though they reappeared at the bus. And I think while I was sitting I saw or heard one pair of visitors behind me.

I'm sure there are many times when it is as busy as it appears on the website. But late Friday afternoon it really was "a refuge for meditation and calmness."

Best wishes, Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on February 5, 2008

I've zoomed in on the other photo again, May, and I see that three or four people have stayed on after the end of the service. I hadn't noticed! Marilyn

Margrit M. Berger (S… on February 5, 2008

Marilyn, thank you for telling more about this church and your visit there. So my first impression didn't mislead me and you really enjoyed the silence as your photos tell. I am glad that I have seen your other photos of the church and it's wonderful, how you were able to make us see not just the building, but the atmosphere.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 4, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/02/01 16:41:26
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 6.42mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
    • No flash