Sunday and Angels:

by | Mar 25, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

The beautifully crafted building is highlighted by a Celtic cross

Yesterday, Sunday 24th March 2024, I was brought back to earth in more ways than one. Those of you who are members of the “magic twelve” circle of friends may have even wished it happy birthday.

I decided to spend the day in the company of my beautiful new home, Morlaix. She’s had a troubled past, (sounds familiar). However, unlike other beauties I’ve encountered in the past, doesn’t moan about it. Floods, hostage taking and one tragedy which cut right through my poor excuse for melancholia.

The event, which took place over eighty years ago, I discovered on my stroll around the town. At the top of the steep stairs, leading to the railway station, stands a tiny chapel. The beautifully crafted building is highlighted by a Celtic cross.

The accompanying plaque reads as follows:-

Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels

THE CROSS OF NIMBE, or CELTIC CROSS.

When an R.A.F. Bomber Command squadron  attacked the railway line at the Morlaix viaduct (When approximately 24 impacts, on and around the viaduct, of 43 bombs dropped.

 IN MEMORIAM

THIS COMMEMORATIVE CHAPEL OF THE ENGLISH BOMBARDING OF JANUARY 29, 1943, DESIGNED BY LIONEL HEUZĖ, WAS BUILT BY SUBSCRIPTION OF THE INHABITANTS OF MORLAIX AND SAINT-MARTIN-DES-CHAMPS AND BAPTIZED “NOTRE-DAME DES ANGES” BY MONSIEUR FAUVEL, BISHOP  OF QUIMPER AND DU LEON, ON FEBRUARY 3, 1957.

 On January 29, 1943, at 2:10 p.m., cold and sunny weather, two waves of 6 English “Boston” bombers burst above Morlaix, at an altitude of 2,400 m, and dropped 43 250 kg bombs.  One of them exploded on the Notre-Dame de Lourdes nursery school, killing 39 children aged 2 to 7 and their teacher Sister Saint-Cyr.  The others fell on the Saint-Melaine church, the Saint-Charles cemetery, the Ursulines or the city center, killing or injuring more than 60 people.  A single bomb hit the viaduct.

This deadly raid aimed to cut the railway line which provided supplies to the base of the 25 German submarines in Brest, operating in the Atlantic.

For Morlaix, with the other tragedy of the hostage-taking of December 26, 1943, it was a heavy price to pay to finally find peace and freedom.  LET’S REMEMBER!

I REMEMBER

 “THE CHAPELLE NOTRE-DAME DES ANGES” Unpublished poem by Jean-Albert GUÉNÉGAN

 I remember.  Mom said to me: “Good afternoon in class.  Tomorrow we will be together” At a brisk pace, without thinking, I walked towards the school, the blue sky in my hand.

On this cold day at the end of January, I hummed the cheerful tune of my destiny but, in the wind, I read nothing.  The bird knew nothing of this timid hour.

 In my dreams, a dog asked me to search for my life.  Oh my friends, I remember your laughter before the noise and hell of thunder which shattered the purity of childhood.

War eh? It’s still happening today, in Gaza, Ukraine, Yemen and Sudan…

On another note, here’s part eight. Warning, a bit gruesome…

The Diamond: Part Eight.

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