Canada-Quebec & Montreal-09/22-9/29/2019

Montreal, Canada

Touring Montreal- Chapelle Notre dame de Bon-Secours -9/28/2019

 

We are now in the district of Old Montreal in the middle of the picture is the Bonsecours market a popular shopping center (we will get in there a bit later) but right now we are just walking to the end of the street to see the Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon-Secours.

 

The Chapelle de Bon-Secours is the building in the background with the pointy green roof.

 

The Notre Dame de Bon-Secours Chapel (chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, "Our Lady of Good Help") is the one of the oldest churches in Montreal.

Built in 1771, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is today regarded as a treasure in Montreal. It is the oldest surviving chapel in old Montreal and offers a peaceful ambiance for worshipers. This chapel sits on the ruins of an older church of 1950 that was burnt in fire during a war when Montreal was under French rule.

The chapel is located on 400 Saint Paul street East of Bonsecours Street, just north of Bonsecours market.

 

Entrance of the Chapel

 


In 1849, Mgr. Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal, gave the chapel a statue of the Virgin as Star of the Sea, which was placed atop the church overlooking the harbor. Emphasizing the connection of the chapel and the port, the chapel is often called the Sailors' Church.

Entering the Chapel

 

This is what you see what you walk in the door. The decor of the chapel is simple and elegant.

 

In the 19th century, the chapel came to be a pilgrimage site for the sailors who arrived in the Old Port of Montreal. They would make offerings to the Virgin in gratitude for her "good help" for safe sea voyages.

 

The main altar

 

 

Painting by Francois Edouard Meloche depicting scene from the life of the Virgin Mary and the Holy family when Jesus was a boy.

 

Close view of the altar.

 

Panoramic view of the side of the chapel.

 

Beautiful stained glass window.

 

The stained-glass windows depicting key moments in the life of the Virgin Mary

 


Details on the ceiling.

 


Saint Marguerite D'Youville, founder of the Community of the Grey nuns of Montreal.  Sculptor by Joseph Guardo of Montreal

Saint Anne sculpture
Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and the maternal grandmother of Jesus

 

La pieta (compassion) sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus.

 

Large organ on top of the entrance/exit door.

 

Panoramic view of entrance/exit door from the Altar.

 

NEXT...March Bonsecours/Chateau Ramezay

 

 

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