Pilgrimage to Pontmain with the Society of St. Pius X

Source: FSSPX News

Clergy and servers in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain, France.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, over 250 pilgrims, mostly from Brittany, came together at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Pontmain, for a pilgrimage organized by the Priory of St. Anne de Lanvallay.

On that day, the Church commemorated the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima, and raised two of the three visionaries, Jacinto and Francisco Marto, to the altars.

Allow us to briefly recall the story of the apparitions of Pontmain: it was January 17, 1871, and France had been defeated by Prussia. For three hours, Eugène and Joseph Barbedette, Françoise Richer, and Jeanne-Marie Lebossé contemplated the “Beautiful Lady” clothed in a blue dress covered with stars, with a black veil on her head, a golden crown with a red trim, and on her feet, blue slippers with a golden buckle.

She stretched out her hands and smiled at the children. She appeared in a triangle formed by three large golden stars in the middle of the sky. In the account of the apparition, Our Lady showed that she was especially pleased at being invoked as the Mother of Hope.

Forty-six years later, the Blessed Virgin would appear again in Fatima, while Europe was caught up in a bloody war and the world was about to waver under the murderous blows of atheistic Communism, whose errors are still spreading a century later.

Faithful to the messages of Pontmain and Fatima, the Breton pilgrims – many of whom were children – and the priests of the Society of St. Pius X who accompanied them, sang out in the Basilica – that was opened to them again this year thanks to the solicitude of its Rector, Rev. Fr. Bernard Dullier, O.M.I. – the canticle that made Mary smile on that January 17, 1871:

In these days of suffering

Save us from danger;

Spare France

The stranger’s yoke.

Lead our soldiers

On the path of glory;

Give them victory

On the day of the holy fight.


Mother of hope,

Whose name is so sweet,

Protect our France,

Pray, O pray for us!

Source: FSSPX.News 5/16/17