Thursday, August 22, 2013

On the road again...Day Five!

This morning we said our farewells to the beautiful shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupre after celebrating a morning Mass in the Basilica Crypt Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  We then boarded the bus for a quick drive into Quebec City where we visited the Basilica of Notre Dame du Quebec.  This Basilica is the oldest continuously running parish in Canada, and possibly North America.  Its congregation, in union with the Archdiocese of Quebec, is in the midst of preparations to celebrate its 350th anniversary. 

After praying at the tomb of Blessed Francois Laval, the first bishop of "New France", we all had a few hours to spend on our own, walking through old Quebec City and taking in the most of its "old country" charm.  We regrouped at the Basilica and re-boarded the bus, this time bound for the shrine of Notre-Dame-du-Cap which is situated on the outskirts of Trois-Rivieres.

We rest here overnight and look forward to taking part in a candle-light procession through the grounds of this amazing sanctuary.

Due to technical difficulties with the blogger's camera, today's pictures include a couple of images since our arrival at Notre-Dame-du-Cap.

The main Shrine of Notre-Dame-du-Cap

The Stone Church, dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and built in 1720.

Above the main entrance to the Sanctuary,
Holy Mary is pictured offering a welcome to the pilgrims.

A reflective pool on the sanctuary grounds.