Our Lady of the Snows - Fonteinte Procession
- Monday 05 August 2019
- 7.15 a.m. Meet up at the Church of Saint-Rhémy
- 7.30 a.m. start of the procession. During the climb, stop at the tinkers’ cemetery.
- 11.00 a.m. Holy Mass in the area in front of the railwayman’s house next to the Chapel of Fonteinte
At the end of the Mass, charity auction, with proceeds going towards the maintenance of the Chapel.
Followed by lunch.
The return descent can be made using the regular bus service that leaves at 4:05 p.m.
Popular religious sentiment runs deep among the inhabitants of the municipality of Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses, as is evident in the processions, whose origins stretch back many centuries.
These traditions are closely linked to the world of the countryfolk of days gone by, and the numerous difficulties they were faced with, which resulted in many requests for God and the saints to intervene regarding the weather during the various seasons.
On 5 August there is a procession in honour of the Madonna of the Snows. The procession starts out towards 7:00 a.m. in front of the parish church of Saint-Rhémy and continues towards the chapel in Fonteinte, a few kilometres before the Great Saint Bernard Pass, where Holy Mass is celebrated at around 11:00 a.m.
Here, in the past, the tenant of the nearby mountain dairy traditionally offered the faithful a bowl of milk.
The present-day chapel was built in the 19th century, although its origins appear to date back to the 14th century.