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Saint Devota Festival Celebrations
January 26 - January 27
The young saint was martyred around the year 304 in Corsica, in the town of Lucciana (which has been twinned with Monaco since 2008). It is said that her body was placed on a boat by fishermen, and washed ashore in Monaco on 27 January.
Every year, the feast of Saint Devota is celebrated joyfully. The festivities begin on the morning of 26 January, at the Church of Saint Devota, with the Mass of the Traditions pronounced in the Monegasque language.
In the early evening, the Procession of Saint Devota takes place at the Port, followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of Saint Devota, in the presence of the Principality’s most senior personalities. A member of the Communal Council hands the clergy the relics of the Saint brought in by sea.
Afterwards, a symbolic boat is burned in memory of Saint Devota, by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince and the Princely Family.
After the burning, there is a firework display at the Port of Monaco, organised by the Mayor of Monaco.
On the morning of 27 January, a Pontifical High Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral by Monsignor the Archbishop of Monaco, in the presence of the Sovereign Prince, followed by a solemn procession on the Rock (blessing of the Palace, the City and the Sea).
Saturday 26 January 2019
at 10:30 am, Sainte- Dévote Church
Celebrations for the Saint Devota Festival: Mass for the Traditions
at 6:40 pm, Port de Monaco
Celebrations for the Saint Devota Festival: Homage to Saint Devota – Arrival of the Symbolic Boat followed by the Procession of Saint Devota from the Avenue Président J.- F. Kennedy, at 6.45 pm
at 7 pm, Sainte- Dévote Church
Celebrations for the Saint Devota Festival: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the burning of the Symbolic Boat in front of the Eglise Sainte-Dévote, at 7.30 pm. Fireworks
Sunday 27 January 2019
at 9:50 am, Monaco Cathedral
Celebrations for the Saint Devota Festival: Welcoming of the Relics by the Members of the Clergy and of the Vénérable Archiconfrérie de la Miséricorde (Venerable Brotherhood of Mercy) followed by the Pontifical Mass, at 10 am and by a Procession in the streets of Monaco-Ville at 11:15 am.