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Saint Dévote celebrations 2020

On 26 and 27 January 2020, the celebrations for Saint Dévote, Patron Saint of Monaco, took place in the Principality.

On Sunday 26 January in the evening, Their Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, accompanied by Their children, Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, participated in the traditional Mass (Salut du Saint Sacrament) in the Church of Saint Dévote and set the symbolic boat on fire in the church square, in the presence of representatives from Monegasque Institutions.

Since 1924, under the reign of Prince Louis II, a boat has been set ablaze on the evening of 26 January.

On Monday 27 January, at the end of the Religious Ceremony which took place in the Cathedral of Monaco, a procession with the participation of penitents from the Archconfraternity of the Misericord came to present the relics to the Princely Family on the Place du Palace.

According to legend, Dévote, a young Christian from Corsica was martyred by the Romans in the 4th century and her body was placed in a boat and then drifted in the current to the Port of Monaco.

From the 16th century at the same time as the assertion of its sovereignty, the Grimaldi dynasty promoted the worship of Saint Dévote. Saint Dévote is the patron and protector of the Princely Family and of the Principality.

Saint Dévote celebrations 2020