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Week of July 23, 2007
Plaque unveiled at Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage
By WCR Staff
Lac Ste. Anne
The 119th annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage kicks off Saturday, July 21 with a 1 p.m. holy hour.
One highlight of this year's pilgrimage, which has drawn as many as 40,000 people, will be the unveiling of a plaque on July 22 declaring Lac Ste. Anne a national historic site.
Three years ago, the federal government declared Lac Ste. Anne to be a national historic site. It has been home to the pilgrimage since 1889, where thousands gather annually from across Western Canada.
Blessing of the lake
The event's trademark celebration is the blessing of the lake, after which hundreds of fully-clothed pilgrims wade into the lake which Aboriginal people have long considered sacred.
This year, Lac Ste. Anne will be blessed twice - Sunday at 3 p.m. and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The pilgrimage will conclude on Thursday, July 26, the feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim, with a 9 a.m. Mass.
For more information, go to www.lsap.ca or phone 924-3231 or 460-6926.