Thousands of Dutch, French and Belgian pilgrims attended this year's candle procession at Montaigu, Belgium, to commemorate a 17th century "miracle".
G.V. PAN DOWN FROM BASILIC NOTRE DAME DE MONTAIGU.
S.C.U. PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES.
S.V. PROCESSION - PRIEST IN PROCESSION STOPS TO LIGHT CANDLE.
C.U. PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES.
S.V. MAN WITH CANDLE TAKES OFF HAT.
G.V. PROCESSION THROUGH STREET.
S.T.V. STATUE PASSING IN PROCESSION.
L.V. PEOPLE ON KERBSIDE HOLDING CANDLES.
L.V. PEOPLE IN PROCESSION CARRYING CANDLES.
S.V. PEOPLE HOLDING CANDLES, SOME ARE PLANNED IN GROUND
C.U. GIRL HOLDING CANDLE.
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Background: Thousands of Dutch, French and Belgian pilgrims attended this year's candle procession at Montaigu, Belgium, to commemorate a 17th century "miracle". This year's procession was in pouring rain.
In 1629, the region Montaigu - in the province of Limburg was ravaged by a plague. The inhabitants of Montaigu organized a procession to pray for divine intercession.
The procession started in the middle of the night, the inhabitants holding burning candles in their hands.
It is because the procession started in the night that today still, the procession is called the "Candle Procession".
The pilgrims light their candles as the procession passes. Then, praying, they walk around the chapel, now named the Basilica of Notre Dame de Montaigu.
During the procession, the pilgrims heard the good news that the terrible plague had ceased.