St. Anne's Day

St. Anne's Day

July 26
In 1650, a group of Breton sailors built a tiny frame church at the place where the town of BeauprÉ, Quebec, Canada, now stands. They wanted to honor of St. Anne, the traditional name for the mother of the Virgin Mary and wife of Joachim or St. Joseph (the apostle James names her in his Letter). The sailors had been caught in a vicious storm at sea and vowed that if St. Anne would save them, they would build her a sanctuary at the spot where their feet first touched land. In 1658, the people of the village built a new and larger church, and it was then that the first of St. Anne de BeauprÉ's miraculous cures took place, when a local man suffering from rheumatism came to the church and walked away in perfect health. Since that time thousands of cures have been reported at the Basilica of Sainte Anne de BeauprÉ, which has been called the "Lourdes of the New World" after the famous shrine in France.
St. Anne is the patron saint of Canada. The pilgrimage to her shrine in BeauprÉ is one of the major pilgrimages on the North American continent. Romanies from Canada and the United States also arrive to celebrate Santana ("St. Anna"). They camp on the church property, prepare a slava feast of special foods for and prayers to St. Anne, and visit their families ( see Pardon of Ste. Anne D' Auray).
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 123
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 192
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 449
OxYear-1999, p. 308
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The event sounds remarkably similar to descriptions of the cordwainers' pageant and procession to the cathedral on St. Anne's Day as it occurred during the early sixteenth century, though on which day the event occurred during the fourteenth century is not clear from the guild certificate.
In entries for both kinds of plays, and only for those two kinds, the cathedral accounts include the costs of breakfasts for the canons who had come to watch the play, suggesting at least the possibility that the Corpus Christi and the Pater Noster plays were one and the same, and were certainly separate from the events on St. Anne's Day. A Corpus Christi play and pageants are mentioned in a single entry, much later, in 1554-1555, though whether they were part of a single event, and were staged in the cathedral, is unclear.
In Lincoln, the celebration of the Assumption on St. Anne's Day began before dawn with a procession by much of the city up Steep Hill to the cathedral.

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