Je suis revenu – part 3

The next photos were taken in Lisieux.  We parked at the basilica, walked down to the cathedral for Mass, then had a lovely picnic with all the other pilgrims.  Then we all processed up to the basilica for Benediction.  After that our little group visited the Carmel Convent where Saint Therésè’s body reposes.

(Click on the photos if you want to enlarge them.)

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Posted on October 11, 2016, in Christianity and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. More fantastic pics Sarah!! I should imagine this was a very special site for you to be visiting :-)?! Thérèse has certainly left a mark in history as well as being recognised by The Pope.It’s such a delight that war bombings missed destroying these beautiful buildings and pilgrims can continue to visit such an historic site.

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    • Thanks Caren. It was indeed very special. I was able to visit the reliquaries of both Thérèse and her parents. The procession was particularly moving. So many people had turned up, and their singing was beautiful. My French is not much good so I couldn’t understand most of the songs and sermons, but it didn’t really matter. We were all of one heart I think.
      Normandy was very badly hit during the Second World War, and mostly by the allies, unfortunately. I’m surprised (and pleased) that so much of Lisieux’s (and Rouen’s) original architecture is still standing.

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      • I agree, sometimes, language is not always a barrier, in such beautiful events! And, I am so happy for you that you have gained so much out of even a short visit 🙂
        For sure there must have been someone/thing looking over those areas and buildings during the war, thank goodness they were not lost forever!

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      • It makes one wonder what _has_ been lost though. Going off on a bit of a tangent: I just heard of place they excavated that had been buried under hundreds of feet of pumice. The buildings were from about 2500BC but they were equipped with upstairs toilets. We have no idea how sophisticated our ancient ancestors were because so much evidence has been lost. I just found more details here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/8498311/Carving-out-the-buried-secrets-of-the-lost-city-of-Atlantis.html

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      • A really interesting link Sarah, and you are quite right, to find even the smallest evidence in historical digs opens our eyes to many things and of course ancient lifestyle and sophistication. There have been so may generations of Master Craftsmen lost, and now being in a ‘techno world’, it makes you wonder what the future will be??

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      • You’re right, it does make one wonder. It seems like all the beauty is being put into ephemeral things like movies and music. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but we need more beauty in our buildings too.

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      • Most definitely!! I’d hate to think that all they could dig up in two thousand years was an obscene arch structure..which seems to be the ”thing” of today at the entrance to most local towns and cities. I really think money could be better spent on those people who need help rather than erect useless structures! I do think the world has taken too many a step back in lots of things not least in leaving architectural beauty from the 21st century

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      • There’s no doubt that money could be better spent, and that the powers-that-be have got their priorities all wrong. We’ll just have to hope that the next generations can unscrew everything that we’ve screwed up before it’s too late.

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      • I dearly hope so too!!

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