12 January 2008
Updated 21 November 2014
Bérenger Saunière’s replacement 1887 Main Altar includes a bas-relief depiction of Mary Magdalene bearing the following Latin inscription (stolen in 1976 and recently replaced):
That is also included amongst the prayers, hymns, missals etc allotted to St Mary Magdalene on her Feast Date of 22 July, found in the Breviarium Romanum:
From Marie Pellechet, Notes Sur Les Livres Liturgiques des Dioceses d'Autun, Chalon et Macon (Paris: H. Champion, 1883), page 370
A more literal translation of the Latin text would read:
Noël Corbu (1912-1968) pointing to the Latin inscription on Saunière’s Main Altar (Tout Savoir, Number 58, page 28, January 1958).
Detail to part of background on the Magdalene bas-relief, as it was published in Gérard de Sède’s book L’Or de Rennes in 1967. The bas-relief has been retouched and restored several times over the decades, both officially and unofficially