11th March : Our Lady Of The Forest

Our Lady Of The Forest

Country : Portugal

Year : 1419

Brittany is a land noted for its pilgrimages and Our Lady of the Forest is one of the chief of them.  In 1419 a church took the place of a small chapel of Our Lady in the forest of Lesneven, and it became the center of a big ecclesiastical establishment, with a pilgrim shrine.

After a chequered history it fell into decay before the Revolution and suffered from fire.  In 1808 local people restored the ruined church and brought back a venerated image, which was crowned in 1888.  The pilgrimage has grown in popularity ever since; hardy woodsmen still recount the stories of miraculous cures and special graces and blessings received.

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