Thursday 18th September 2014

Festa Major de Sant Ferréol


Situated to the north east of Cérêt, at an altitude of 300m, this 13th century chapel had the hermitage added in the 18th century and other buildings added later to accommodate the many pilgrims who came to pray at the chapel of St Ferréol. Saint Ferréol himself actually lived in the third century but his sacred remains were moved to Céret for security during the crusades against ‘heretics’ of the 13th century and a chapel built to honour them. The chapel bells, named Maria, Margarita et Salvaterra, date back to1608.

Nobody seems to know why but inside the chapel is inscribed « Llaurens Cros, fill d’Illa ermita de Sant Ferriol, estat 44 anys esclau a Constantinople, 1705″, meaning “Laurent Cros, native of Ille, hermit of St Ferréol, was a slave in Constantinople for 44 years”!

6h : Dawn Mass
10h : Procession around the hermitage followed by a Grand Messe
11h30 : Bal d’Ofici with cobla « Principal del Rossello »
12h : Repas champêtre
15h30 : Sardanes with « Principal del Rossello » followed by Vêpres

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