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Friday, 27 June 2003
L'Hermitage
L'Hermitage
L'Hermitage

St. Helier is the patron saint of Jersey, and gives his name both to the town and to the Parish Church. The hermitage where he lived and died still stands, to which an annual pilgrimage takes place.

 
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St. Helier was born at Tongres in Belgium, and was the son of the Saxon Governor of that place. A pagan, he became a Christian, and after his conversion made his way to the Abbey of Nanteuil in France where, under St. Marculf, he studied the Celtic language.

Life as a Hermit

In 545 A.D. he was sent to Jersey as a missionary. Whilst here, he chose to live on a rock surrounded by the sea - 'l'Islet', the rock on which Elizabeth Castle now stands. He lived in a cave, with part of the rock forming his bed.

For fifteen years he worked on the island, and soon converted many of the Jersey people to Christianity.

Martyrdom

Around 560 A.D. Jersey was visited by a band of pirates. When they landed, St. Helier began to preach to them, urging them to abandon their life of pillage and murder.

The pirate chief, fearing that St. Helier would induce his followers to give up their life of piracy, raised his axe and struck the saint on the head, killing him.

The pirates were terrified by this, and although the weather was stormy, they set sail. But when they passed Noirmont their ship struck a rock and they all perished.

Pilgrimage

An Oratory was built over St. Helier's cell in the twelfth century, which still exists today.

To commemorate St. Helier's life and death, an annual pilgrimage is held on July 16, from the Parish Church of St. Helier out to the Hermitage.

The Connétable and the Dean and other church leaders are the first to enter the Hermitage, and the Connétable lays a wreath on behalf of the parish.

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