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Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy-en-Velay

A word from the rector

père Emmanuel, recteur


At the heart of one of France's most extraordinary medieval cities, the Cathedral of Notre Dame of the Annunciation, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a well-known starting point for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, rises in gentle majesty, atop a high rock, inviting the pilgrims and the visitors to take shelter, to rest a while and confide in others.

 In our beautiful sanctuary the Virgin Mary reveals herself to us as our Mother


In our beautiful sanctuary the Virgin Mary reveals herself to us as our Mother, the one who welcomes us as we are, without judging us, the one who presents to us her divine Son.

For 1600 years, millions of suppliant pilgrims have been hastening to beg her, through her intercession, to present their prayerful petitions to the Lord. The lighted candles and the books with requests for prayers and Masses to be said, are a sign of this.

Let us not be afraid: following their example, let us kneel humbly before her and entrust her with our sufferings, our joys, our hopes, for she is the one who listens: at the Annunciation she listened to the angel and accepted the Word of God, who dwelt in her.

For more than a thousand years St. James pilgrims have been gathering here before setting off on the road to Compostela. Coming from many social and geographical backgrounds, whether regular churchgoers or not, they like to attend the 7.a.m. Mass and receive the blessing before setting off. Let us give thanks for their trust in God. Thanks also to the helpers who welcome them or who, in a wider context, serve the sanctuary. They make themselves available so that our sanctuary might be beautiful and through this beauty, enable you to experience a real meeting with God - a relationship which remains a secret in the heart of each one of us.

Welcome to you all ! You can count on our prayers !

                                                                                                                Père Emmanuel Gobilliard,

                                                                                                                 Rector of the Cathedral.


Cathédrale Notre Dame du Puy-en-Velay

2, rue de la Manécanterie,

F- 43000 Le Puy-en-Velay.

Tel: 04 71 09 77 -