Commandeered by Angels, the Miraculous Statue of Our Lady Arrives in Boulogne!
In 633 A.D., in the city of Boulogne-sur-mer, part of the Kingdom of France, some villagers at the seashore witnessed a mysterious boat or ship, come into the *harbor of Boulogne. It finally came to rest in the estuary of the Liane River, seemingly of its own accord. At first glance no one was seen and on climbing aboard, a man confirmed that the vessel was empty of people and without rudder, oars or sails. The ship, however, bore a luminous statue of the Virgin and Child. On bringing the statue on land a voice was heard saying, “I choose your city as a place of grace.”
*At the same time the vessel came into the harbor of Boulogne, the Holy Virgin appeared to several faithful in a chapel on the heights of the city, announcing the arrival of the boat in the port and asking them to install the statue in the chapel, so that it could be honored. They gratefully complied with Her request.