01 February 2010

Theme Day - Wood: the Cross


Theme Day and it's Wood which ties in nicely with our visit to the Festival of Sainte Dévote. Here we see, outside Monaco's cathedral, the various orders waiting for the clergy to arrive. In the foreground, the wooden cross.

According to legend, on the 27th January in the year 304, a boat from Corsica landed on the coast guided by a dove. In it lay the body of a young Christian martyr. Discovered by local fisherman, she became the patron saint of Monaco and a chapel was built on the spot - the beautiful Church of Sainte Dévote - which stands near Port Hercule. The relics of Sainte Dévote were enshrined within its walls and each year on the 27th January, religious ceremonies are held throughout the Principality in honour of its patron saint. On the evening of the 26th the Royal family burn a fishing boat on the port, from which a white dove is released. This is known as the 'burning of the boat' and is a tradition much looked forward to each year

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14 comments:

Virginia said...

Oh Geez, I forgot Theme Day. Let me go dig!!!
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Bob Crowe said...

There are layers of meaning in the post, then. Your subject is a very good choice for a Christian perspective.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

another nice choice and this image depicts the use of wood in important modern ceremonies. great interactive choice for theme day

Paula said...

What an amazing sight to see all of the clergy dressed so. Do you go to the ceremony each year, Jilly?

Leif Hagen said...

A wonderful, sacred interpretation of the WOOD theme day! Such a great photo outside Monaco's cathedral!

Chuck Pefley said...

Very nice. But doesn't hold a candle to your "Henri" photo!

Marie said...

It's quite unusual to show Jesus's back :-))

I forgot the Theme Day once again....

I like your photo a lot. Important to show photos like that.

Kate said...

Wonderful photo that extends way beyond the theme. Interesting clerical garments.

B SQUARED said...

Nice interpretation.

Rambling Round said...

Another great post for the theme.

Mo said...

Very nice Jilly.

Laurie said...

Wow, what an interesting vantage point of that cross. Great choice for Theme Day, Jilly!

Diederick Wijmans said...

Very appropriate, Jilly! Brava!

(I had forgotten all about the theme day. Next time better)

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» didn't register for theme day, but he's had a fine time cruising the blogosphere and visiting those who did.

Good choice for the meme, Jilly!

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