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Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Honfleur, Calvados, Normandy, France

Commemorated on Third Sunday of June
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Honfleur, Calvados, Normandy, France
Richard II, Duke of Normandy, founded the first chapel here in 1023 to fulfill a vow made in a storm. In 1538 a landslide destroyed it. The present building dates from 1600--pillaged during the Revolution and later restored. St. Thérèse visited the shrine in June 1887. The gilt wood statue of Our Lady of Grace, from around 1700, surrounded by cast-off crutches and ex votos commemorating Our Lady's help at sea, was crowned June 19, 1913. The festal pilgrimage the third Sunday in June celebrates that event. The sailors' pilgrimage takes place Pentecost Monday. (Information from www.quid.fr.) Picture (detail) from C. Lavergne, Notice historique sur la chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce de Honfleur (Honfleur: Charles Lefrançois,1865) in La Bibliothèque électronique de Lisieux, www.bmlisieux.com/normandie/ndgrac01.htm.

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