Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Ceremonies and festivities in honour of Saint Dévote

Ceremonies and festivities in honour of Saint Dévote were held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January 2008. In keeping with tradition, they commemorate the bravery and the faith of the patron saint of the Royal Family, of the archdiocese, of the Principality of Monaco, and of Corsica. A delegation of Penitents from Lucciana, the town of the saint's birth, came from Corsica to participate in the festivities.

 Picture : Ceremonies and festivities in honour of Saint Dévote

At around 6.30pm, two Monegasque Penitents from the Vénérable Archiconfrérie de la Miséricorde (Venerable Brotherhood of Mercy) and two Corsican Penitents from the Archiconfrérie de Lucciana (Lucciana Brotherhood), carried the shrine of the relics of Saint Dévote in a procession along Avenue du Président J. F. Kennedy on its way to the church of Saint Dévote. Members of the Amicale des Corses de Monaco, the Guides and Scouts of Monaco, and the Maritime Affairs Department, also participated in the procession.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II presided over the ceremony of the Very Holy Sacrament in the presence of His Excellency Mr Jean-Paul Proust, Minister of State; Mr Stéphane Valeri, President of the National Council; His Excellency Monsignor Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco; Government Councillors and Mr Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco.

After the service, His Serene Highness returned to the esplanade outside the church, where the municipal band played the national anthem. The Sovereign Prince then ignited the symbolic boat representing that which held the body of the martyr when she was washed ashore in the Gaumates Valley on 27 January 304.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the High Authorities then proceeded to Quai Albert 1 to watch the traditional firework display.

On the morning of Sunday 27 January, H.S.H. Prince Albert II attended the Pontifical Mass in the Cathedral. After the religious ceremony, the solemn procession of the relics proceeded along Rue Bellando-de-Castro to Place du Palais.

From the windows of the Salle des Glaces, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince observed Monsignor Barsi presenting the relics and blessing the Palace.

The procession went on to the Esplanade des Remparts for the benediction of the town, then through the streets of the Rock to the cathedral esplanade for the benediction of the sea. The procession included members of the clergy, Penitents of the Vénérable Archiconfrérie de la Miséricorde, the Cathedral Choir School, the children's choir, the municipal band, a delegation of members of the Order of Malta and Saint Sépulcre, the Guides and Scouts of Monaco, the authorities and the faithful.

A traditional lunch was then served in the Grand Dining Room at the Prince's Palace.

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