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Voiles de Marie-Madeleine, an exceptional pilgrimage by sea!

Each year, it is a somewhat special pilgrimage that joins Toulon to Marseille. By sea, the “Voiles de Marie-Madeleine” transport the relics of the patron saint of the diocese on a maritime route punctuated by devout stops. Via Six-Fours, Sanary or Bandol, to reach Marseille via La Ciotat and Cassis, the sailboats dock and take the local population along with them in processions of relics, masses and adoration vigils.

In the program :

Day 1 – Sunday August 21 – TOULON (no procession on the first day)
6:30 p.m.: Mass
7:30 p.m.: aperitif dinner on the forecourt
8:30 p.m.: vigil of adoration and confession
22 h 00 : clôture

Day 2 – Monday August 22 – SIX-FOURS (Les Embiez)
9:00 a.m.: departure of the boats from Toulon with the relics of Mary Magdalene at the head of the formation
5:55 p.m.: disembarkation of the relics and procession to Saint-Pierre church
6:30 p.m.: Mass
7:30 p.m.: aperitif dinner on the forecourt
8:30 p.m.: vigil of adoration and confession 10:00 p.m.: closing

Day 3 – Tuesday August 23 – SANARY
Ditto with a procession of relics to the Saint-Nazaire church

Day 4 – Wednesday August 24 – BANDOL
Ditto with a procession of relics to the church of Saint-François de Sales

Day 5 – Thursday August 25 – LA CIOTAT
Ditto with a procession of relics to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

Day 6 – Friday August 26 – CASSIS
Ditto with a procession of relics to the Saint-Michel church

Day 7 – Saturday August 27 – MARSEILLE
Ditto with a procession of relics to Saint-Victor Abbey

Day 8 – Sunday August 28 – MARSEILLE
10:30 a.m.: mass at the Dominican convent in Saint-Lazare and veneration of relics.

10 sailboats will set sail from Toulon on August 21, each with 6 sailors on board, including a chaplain (Dominican brother). About sixty people will thus experience a time of retreat cut off from the earthly world to prepare spiritually for their mission during stopovers.
Everyone is invited to join the event, and to participate in the processions of the relics in the coastal towns of Provence.

written by Virginie Marrocq

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