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Rennes Le Chateau

Rennes Le Chateau is a small village situated on a hilltop in the Languedoc part of France called locally as the MIDI region. The village became world famous (in the English speaking world anyway) by a series of three programmes shown on the BBC in the late 1970s and a book called Holy Blood and the Holy Grail which was jointly written by Richard Leigh, Michael Baigent and the first discoverer of the mystery for the BBC Henry Lincoln. From this a veritable industry has grown up with theories and counter theories and it was the theme from which Dan Brown took his inspiration for his best selling book The Da Vinci Code

The story appears to stem from a French Priest called François Bérenger Saunière who allegedly found some parchments in his church when he attempted to do some repairs. The parchments contained secret messages in a complex code alluding to a Secret Society called the Prieuré de Sion, a Treasure and a Bloodline of the Merovingian Kings of France. This story involves the Knights Templar whose ruined Commanderie adorn this area of France.

These pages are devoted for people with a more advanced knowledge of the mystery. For anyone wishing to know some more of the basics of this story then there are many websites giving a background to this story. Links to other sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

  The purpose of these pages is to give a counter argument to recent suggestions that the whole thing was a con and that certain individuals made the whole thing up in the 1950s 60s and 70s and also to give additional information not normally found in the more popular publications.

What I wish to do here is make a list of anomalies which suggest that there is more to Rennes Le Chateau than meets the eye and that as Henry Lincoln has said  -

"Nothing is straight forward when it comes to story of Rennes Le Chateau"

  • The Church of Rennes Le Chateau

    Firstly as a person who has visited many churches in various countries throughout the world I can honestly say that I have never been in a Christian church and been greeted by the Devil immediately I walk in through the front door.

    Would you have your baby baptised in a font held up by the image of the Devil? Which has two Salamanders above it? Creatures known to carry poison sometimes.

    And this is not unusual ?


We have this above the confession box

It shows Jesus atop a small 'flowery' hillock and the sick and the needy coming to Jesus. Nothing superficially wrong with this but if there's one thing Rennes Le Chateau teaches it is not just to look but to see

Lets take the phrase, it says:


it means


This is a well known phrase and it appears in many churches in France. Now this phrase also appears in Le Serpent Rouge, which is one of the documents deposited in the Dossier Secretes in the Bibliothèque Nationale and supposedly written recently and is supposedly fake.

But there's a problem it is normally not written in this way, it should say:


The meaning hasn't changed but here we appear to have some deviance from what is normally written, both here and the more recent (apparently) Le Serpent Rouge.



Le Serpent Rouge


I am aware of the scent of the perfume which impregnates the sepulchre of the one I must release. Long ago her name was ISIS, Queen of the benevolent springs,
COME TO ME ALL YOU WHO LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. Others knew her as MAGDALENE with the celebrated vase full of healing balm. The initiates know her to be NOTRE DAME DES CROSS.

It's from:

"Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

(Matthew 11:28-30)

Well OK so Sauniere was inventive- Yes? 

Very inventive because what he has now is that if look closely you'll see a faint line between the S of ETES and the A of ACCABLES. ACCABLES is also spelled wrong (surely one of his flock would have pointed this out over the last century). It now could be rendered as SACC A BLES. 

SACC is a bag and BLES means corn but is local slang for Money or Treasure.

Does he mean the one he's arbitrarily put at the foot of the hillock Jesus is standing on. The one that's so full it's shown bursting?

Or is he simply saying that Jesus will give them money too. 

So Sauniere changes well known phrases and spells them wrong as well and no one has pointed this out in over a century. 


Here we have the  background scene to the

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Here we have the scene to the right  >>>>

Here we have a craggy peak of what appears to be red sandstone on the left so typical of this area. With a strange city[?] far in the background and mountains at the rear. 

Here we have a hilltop village with a similar city with city walls in the background. 

There is a conical shaped hill situated between a similar scene to this with Rennes-le-Chateau on one side and Caustaussa Castle on other.

During the time of Sauniere this hill was owned by a family called


They're buried at Rennes Les Bains


Vincent de Fleury is buried at Rennes les Bains. Vincent de Fleury married Gabrielle who was the daughter of Marie de Negri d'Ables d'Hautpoul Countess of Blanchefort and inherited the land through her Dowry.

Is that why the hillock on which Jesus is standing has flowers laid on it?

We have this from the Dossiers Secrets publication

Le Serpent Rouge


"Celestial vision for him who remembers the four works of Em. SIGNOL around the Meridian line, to the choir itself from the sanctuary from which beams this source of love from one to another, I turn around passing the site of the rose of the P to that of the S, then from the S to the P ... and the spiral in my mind becoming like a monstrous octopus expelling its ink, the shadows obscure the light, I am dizzy and I hold my hand to my mouth biting instinctively my palm, perhaps like OLIER in his coffin. Curses, I understand the truth, HE IS GONE, but to him too in doing THE GOOD, like HIM of the flowery tomb. But how many have sacked the HOUSE, leaving only the embalmed corpses and numerous metal objects which they could not carry? What strange mystery conceals the new temple of SOLOMON built by the children of Saint VINCENT?"

This translation comes from David Wood

Em Signol was instrumental in the design of the Rose Line Gnomon in the church of Saint Sulpice in Paris and the P to the S probably refers to two Rose ceiling bosses in the Church of St Germain du Pres also in Paris. Olier is Jean Jacques Olier who is buried in the church of Saint Sulpice. You can read more about those here.

However here I would like to draw your attention to the middle two sentences

There is a tombstone at Rennes les Bains cemetery which says the words between the brackets:

["IL EST PASSE,] mais lui aussi [en faisant LE BIEN"]

which actually means:

"[IT IS MASTER KEY], but he also [by making the GOOD]"

"like him of the flowery (Fleury) tomb -"

Paul Urban Vincent de Fleury grandson of  Marie de Negri d'Ables Dame de Hautpoul Countess of Blanchefort (who has the tombstone described below) had two gravestones at Rennes les Bains showing different dates of his death. Incidentally one of the dates is May 1st 1776, a date that may be significant to some.

A lot more can be found in RENNES-LES-BAINS

Like the painting called 'Christ and the Hare'

The Thorns, The Bread in the Pan, The King, the Nail and an interesting position for the wound. What is this dead man pointing to?

Click here for information on a New Book that will be released shortly.



Go into the church and look around and you will see set out in the shape of the letter 'M' the statues of:

St Germaine

St Roch

St Anthony the Hermit

St Anthony of Padua

St Luke (The pulpit is always associated with St Luke)


M for Magdalene?


  • The Tombstone of the Dame d'Hautpoul



Someone isn't happy with her.

Return of the King

Celestial ARC


"from the S to the P ... and the spiral in my mind becoming like a monstrous octopus expelling its ink"

La Poulpe = Octopus = Pulpit at St Sulpice

The Headstone and tombstone of la Marie de Negri d' Ables Dame d'Hautpoul Countess of Blanchefort.

Grandmother of Paul Urbain Vincent d'Fleury.

The headstone on the left is an exact anagram of:






 A fact that Philippe de Cherisey failed to mention in his so-called 'confession'.

Let me just reiterate that

The so-called author of the parchments completely failed to mention in his so-called confession that despite five levels of encoding the final text finishes up with the same as the text on the tombstone which had given us of the two keys.

He failed to mention it and that's not the only thing he failed to mention either. If you had constructed something so ingenious wouldn't you brag about it?

Fact is de Chèrisey didn't mention it because he didn't know about it and he didn't know about it because he wasn't the author.

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  • Bérenger Saunière

Beringer Sauniere was born in the village of Montazels on the 11th April 1852 apparently at exactly midday. His father had once been the mayor of Montazels and he also managed a flour mill and had been the steward of the Marquis de Cazemajou’s Castle. One of Beringer Saunière's younger brothers Alfred was also to become a priest. Reports say that he was not a particularly bright child but did appear to display extraordinary leadership qualities and coThe bookplate of Bérenger Sauniere depicting St Michael holding Asmodeus in chains.uld often be seen wandering the plateau of Rennes le Chateau leading the other children.

On the advice of the priest of Esperaza it was suggested that it would be a good idea for him to enter a seminary to study for the priesthood. This he did in 1874 and despite financial problems was ordained and took his first parish at Alet-les-Bains, just north of Rennes le Chateau, on 16th July 1879. On 16th June 1882 he was given the title of curate of the village of Clat and finally on 1st June 1885 he took office at the church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine at Rennes le Chateau, replacing the previous incumbent Antoine Croc who had only been in the position three years.

His appointment coincided with the French State elections and to the astonishment of his new parishioners he began campaigning very vigorously against the Republicans. Unfortunately the Republicans won and he was promptly denounced by the authorities in the region for inciting public disorder and trying to influence the electorate. The authorities ordered that Another inigmatic bookplate of Bérenger Sauniere. The four angels and the Seal of Solomonhis meagre salary of 75F per month be withheld and this edict took place in December 1885. Sauniere approached his Bishop Monsignor Billard at Carcassonne who, seeing his difficulty, gave him 200 Francs and appointed him ‘Petit Seminaire de Narbonne’ where he remained until July 1886 when his suspension was lifted and he returned to Rennes le Chateau. In May 1890 Sauniere said mass in Antugnac Church on Sundays.

He resigned as cure on February 1st 1909 and by 1911 was no longer a priest. In 1909 he was sued for trafficking in masses. We're told by the detractors that he apparently lived the last part of his life penniless, selling religious medals and rosaries to wounded soldiers who were stationed in Campagne les Bains. This is proven nonsense having spent 12000 Francs in two months on furniture alone in 1909 (this is two and half times the estimate he received for the church to be totally rebuilt). However the First World War curtailed his trips abroad where he seemed to have acquired his wealth. He was also accused of taking in German Spies. That he was accused of having sympathies with France's enemies is an accusation that would be levelled at Pierre Plantard, Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, later.



  •   Parchments

    Parchment 1

    Parchment 2

Bible Text

Factum est autem in sabbato secundo primo cum transiret per sata vellebant discipuli ejus spicas et manducabant confricantes manibus Quidam autem pharisaeorum dicebant illis quid facitis quod non licet in sabbatis Et respondens jesus ad eos dixit nec hoc legistis quod fecit David cum esurisset ipse et cum qui illo erant Quomodo intravit in domum dei et panes propositionis sumpsit et manducavit et dedit his qui cum ipso erant quos non licet manducare nisi tantum sacerdotibus.

Manuscript Text (Parchment 1)

Et factum est eum in sabbato secundo primo abire per secetes discipuli autem illiris coeperunt vellere spicas et fricantes manibus manducabant quidam autem de farisaeis dicebant et ecce quia faciunt discipuli tui sabbatis quod non licet resopondens autem inss etxit ad eos numquam hoc lecistis quod fecit d autem quando esurut ipse et qui cum eo erat intro ibit in domum dei et panes propositionis redis manducavit et dedit et qui bles cum erant uxuo quibus non licebat manducare si non solis sacerdotibus.


One striking difference here is that the parchment text does not mention David at all but the Vulgate does. Yet the simple code picks out the name Dagobert who it is claimed is a descendent of David. According to Wieland Willker, a German writer, the parchment text is from something called the Codex Bezae which is named after Theodore Beza who apparently found it. This document seems to differ greatly from the Vulgate text that was translated by St Jerome in the 4th century and for reasons that I have been unable to grasp Willker has declared that the parchment must therefore be a hoax because the only point of reference is that it came from a more recent text than St Jerome and as far as I can ascertain is that because this must have been written in the 1600 years since St Jerome it therefore has to be a fake. At the same time Willker fails to ascertain precisely when this original text found by Beza was first written and that this text could have been found by others long before Beza and he is simply not in a position to state that this is untrue. The assumption has been made that it was Antoine Bigou who wrote these parchments and as we have a positive date of 1581 or sooner for the origin of this type of Latin used then this is almost two centuries before Bigou. So Bigou could indeed have had a copy. I have not yet found anyone who can explain the chain of sound reasoning to me that it has to be a hoax because it didn’t come from St Jerome but I live in hope. However the Codex Bezae does have some links to French history, it was apparently found in a monastery in Lyon by Theodore Beza in the 16th century. Beza took it to Cambridge, England where it has been since 1581. Scrivener published a complete text in 1864 and a copy appeared in 1899.

Apparently according to Jean-Luc Chaumeil it was published in ‘Dictionaire de la Bible in Paris in 1895 which was published and edited by an F Vigouroux and from this Chaumeil concludes that it must have been a man called Philippe de Cherisey, a Marquis from the town of Luc St Martin close to Rennes le Chateau who copied this parchment. It is perhaps worth noting at this point that in a conversation with Henry Lincoln, Philippe de Cherisey said that - picking a few sheets from his case he says “I’m writing an explanation of the codes. I’ll send you a copy. You’ll be amused”. Lincoln never saw this copy.

It seems to be rather amusing that detractors to this story feel they are making some kind of revelation that Philippe de Cherisey may have written the parchments, this whole thing has been suggested long ago by the very targets for these detractors in their book ‘The Messianic Legacy’. In various publications and in particular one written by Lincoln alone called ‘The Key to the Sacred Pattern’ he describes his dealings with de Cherisey and another player called Pierre Plantard de St Clair, whom we are reminded are members of the Secret Society mentioned earlier called ‘The Prieuré de Sion’. This book describes a meeting Lincoln and the BBC held in the Art studio of Jean-Luc Chaumeil’s mother with Plantard and de Cherisey, where Plantard says that de Cherisey has “very good originals” of the parchments and it is clear that the ones produced by de Cherisey are copies. As far as we know nobody, including Jean-Luc Chaumeil, has seen the original copies of these documents and it is distinctly possible that neither Plantard nor de Cherisey EVER saw the originals either. Plantard describes them as ‘de Chèrisey's “confections” and actually admits he has made alterations to them. What is important to understand here is that we are not being told which parchment he is supposed to have altered. Several copies of the parchments apparently abound but these copies seen by Lincoln immediately before the interview with Plantard did not have the various marks normally associated with the parchments. Although Lincoln asked to be shown the originals and Plantard and de Cherisey agreed he should see them, he has never actually seen them. De Cherisey died suddenly in July 1985.


  • Dossiers Secret


  • St Sulpice

    Underneath the Visigoth pillar where Sauniere supposedly found the parchments. The Logo is on the tomb of Jean Jacques Olier in Saint Sulpice, Paris

    The bottom of the pillar. UPSIDE DOWN

The logo of the Sociiety of St Sulpice




The Fronde and the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrament
Oct 18, 2004
Author: Tracy R. Twyman

In the 19th century, the Priory of Sion was behind a movement to place Gaston d’Orleans on the throne of France. This plot was foiled when Louis XIII finally sired an heir, assuring the succession of the kingship. This sparked the beginning of a civil war that would continue off and on for the next decade, known as “the Fronde” - an attempt to remove Cardinal Mazarin and Louis XIV from their positions. This civil war, consisting largely of highly-orchestrated “popular uprisings”, was sponsored by the same families associated with the Grail blood and the Priory of Sion that have consistently been the instigators of revolutions throughout history. And for their headquarters these “frondeurs” chose the ancient Merovingian capitol of Stenay, near the location of Dagobert II assassination, as though they were making the statement that the ultimate aim of the plot was in fact the avengement of Dagobert’s death.

The “Priory documents” state that during the Fronde years, the Priory “dedicated itself to opposing Mazarin.” As the documents say, it did so under the facade of another fraternal organization, one acknowledged by history to have been at the forefront of the Fronde - the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrement. The documents state that the Priory of Sion was the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrement.

History tells us that the Compagnie was formed around 1629 by a close associate of Gaston d’Orleans, although he is the only founding member who is known. The rest of the group’s upper hierarchy were anonymous, and even the low-ranking members did not know who they were. Of these lower-ranking members, some of them have been named: the duchess of Longueville’s brother, the bishop of Alet (near Rennes-le-Chateau); Charles Fouquet (brother of the Superintendent of Finances, whose other brother wrote that infamous letter to Nicolas Poussin; Saint Vincent de Paul; and Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Seminary of Saint Sulpice, which was used as the Compagnie’s headquarters. The members did not understand or question the orders they were given, and they were not permitted to communicate with one another. The main thing that bonded them together was a mysterious and elusive secret, what chroniclers referred to as “the Secret which is at the core of the Compagnie.” The order’s own statutes state that, “The primary channel which shapes the spirit of the Compagnie, and which is essential to it, is the Secret.”

The purpose behind the Compagnie has been, to historians, completely confusing. On the surface, it claimed to be devoted to charitable work, but underneath the surface, it was much more devoted to spying on behalf of the frondeurs, and infiltrating the upper echelons of government, nearly dominating, at times, the parliament, judiciary, and police, as well as holding key positions in the king’s cabinet. Saint Vincent de Paul was made confessor to Louis XIII, and Anne of Austria was, for a period, completely malleable in the hands of the Compagnie, who managed to turn her against Mazarin for a brief span.

Another ambiguous aspect of the Compagnie was their religious affiliation. Historians present the Compagnie as representing rigidly conservative Catholicism, and as being devoted to eliminating “heresy.” Yet many of the group’s known members were Protestants. Furthermore, why should such an organization be opposed to arch-Catholic Mazarin? And if it was heresy they were against, why did the Catholic hierarchy of the time refer to the Compagnie as heretical in itself? They were charged, quite reminiscent of the Templars, of “impious practices”, and bizarre, unnatural initiation ceremonies. Some of them were even threatened with excommunication, a threat which did not seem to faze these supposed “arch-Catholics.”

Even though Cardinal Mazarin and Louis XIV had rallied against them for years, the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrement carried on as normal, well past 1660, when the king finally ordered their dissolution. But in 1665, they concluded, according to the “Priory documents”, that they could not continue in their “present form”, and withdrew from public light, recalling all of their official documents and sealing them away in Saint Sulpice. The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail point out that these documents would then have been available to the decoder of the Rennes-le-Chateau parchments, Emile Hoffet, later on. But in one form or another, the Compagnie is known to have operated into the next century, tormenting Louis XIV, and some say it continued into the 1900s. They were mentioned in a negative context by the royally patronized writer Moilère in his play Le Tartuffe, and the Compagnie actually used its conspiratorial ties to have the play suppressed for the next two years. Meanwhile, the Compagnie had its own literary propagandists in La Rochefoucald and La Fontaine, known members of both the Fronde and the Compagnie who used allegorical satire to attack the king. And in the case of La Fontaine, the king attacked back, attempting to bar his entrance to the Académie Française. Interestingly, La Fontaine was patronized by the duke of Guise, the duke of Bouillon, and Gaston d’Orleans’ widow.


  • The Church of Saint Sulpice

    gnomon < lat. gnomon < gr.. gnomon (kind of sundial)

Above is representation of the Rose line running through the Church at Saint Sulpice showing the positions of the two equinoxes in the centre almost in front of the altar and the Winter solstice to the left (low Sun) and the Summer solstice to the right (High Sun).

These are of course taken at Midday (French: A MIDI)

The Feast day of St Sulpice is the 17th January as is the Feast day of St Anthony the Hermit whose statue is featured in the Church at Rennes le Chateau and l'Ermitage in the Gorge de la Galamus near to Rennes le Chateau and also featured in the painting by David Teniers the younger where he's NOT being Tempted. There's two of these paintings by David Teniers featuring St Anthony and one was once owned by Herman Göring.

17th January is also the Feast day of St Roseline

The date is also featured in Le Serpent Rouge.

Le Serpent Rouge - Scorpio

Celestial vision for him who remembers the four works of Em. SIGNOL around the Meridian line, to the choir itself from the sanctuary from which beams this source of love from one to another, I turn around passing the site of the rose of the P to that of the S, then from the S to the P ... and the spiral in my mind becoming like a monstrous octopus expelling its ink, the shadows obscure the light, I am dizzy and I hold my hand to my mouth biting instinctively my palm, perhaps like OLIER in his coffin. Curses, I understand the truth, HE IS GONE, but to him too in doing THE GOOD, like HIM of the flowery tomb. But how many have sacked the HOUSE, leaving only the embalmed corpses and numerous metal objects which they could not carry? What strange mystery conceals the new temple of SOLOMON built by the children of Saint VINCENT?"

Emile Signol - Painter and member of the Academy of Arts, Paris.

"Yesterday, we elected that insipid Signol to the Institute. Meissonier got as many as sixteen votes, and thus the only people left to compete with him were Signol and that antiquated old Hesse, both of them representatives or offspring, of the Ecole. But shuddering at the idea of seeing an original talent enter the Academy, these two groups joined forces to destroy him. This was done at the price of Signol's election. The result will be far more deadly than if they'd decided on Hesse, an old man who will leave no pupils to perpetuate the taste of the school of David."

(The Journal of Eugene Delacroix, p.363-364)

"four works"

There are four paintings by Emile Signol around the Meridian line. However, the anagram SIGNOL around LA produces LANGLOIS. Claude Langlois is the engineer who completed the Gnomon at Saint Sulpice in 1744.

His four works were :


1. Erected an obelisk of white marble (10.72 metres) which can be seen in the northern arm of the trancept

2. Traced the meridian (in the North-South direction) with a band of copper inlaid in the paving of the church and leading up to the obelisk

3. Established in the window of the southern arm of the trancept a gnomon equipped with a lens with an 80 foot focal length

4. Marked on the ground with a copper plaque the spot where the rays of the sun fall on summer solstice. This plaque was removed several years ago to be re-engraved. One can see today the marble plaque which was over the copper plaque.

("Le Gnomon de L'Eglise Saint Sulpice", Saint Sulpice)

"Meridian line"

"Now although many apparent byways showed themselves, yet I still proceeded with my compass, and would not budge one step from the Meridian Line; howbeit the way was often so rugged and impassable, that I was in no little doubt of it. On this way I constantly thought upon the dove and the raven, and yet could not search out the meaning; until at length upon a high hill afar off I saw a stately portal, to which, not regarding how far it was distant both from me and from the way I was on, I hasted, because the sun had already hid himself under the hills, and I could see no abiding place elsewhere; and this verily I ascribe only to God, who might well have permitted me to go forward in this way, and withheld my eyes that so I might have gazed beside this gate."

(Chymical Wedding, Second Day, p.12)


"site of the rose of the P to that of the S, then from the S to the P ..."

Rose Boss at St Germain des Pres. A statue of St Germain is featured in Rennes le Chateau Church
S - P in the Rose Boss at St Germain des Pres with a crown

The SP, separated by a rose, appears above the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul in the church at St Germain des Pres. There are two such "S P" bosses which face each other in the chapel.


Reference to the Octopus in the church at St Sulpice. La Poulpe = Pulpit or Octopus. This octopus-shaped pulpit was a Gift from the Doge of Venice to Francois I.

The Octopus appears on the gravestone of Marie de Negre Dables - Dame d'Hautpoul de Blanchefort, which is said to have been defaced by Sauniere.

"I hold my hand to my mouth biting instinctively my palm"

Direct reference to the Tree of Life :

Hand = Yod path 20 between Chesed and Tipareth - Hermit

Mouth = Peh path 27 between Netzach and Hod - Tower

Palm of hand = Kaph path 21 between Chesed and Netzach - Wheel

"flowery tomb"

The title of the Lord of Rennes and Blanchefort passed upon the death of Francois d'Hautpoul (the husband of Marie de Negre Dables) to the couple's youngest daughter Gabrielle. This was because the Blanchefort lands formed part of her dowry and the title, under French law, went with the land. She was married to Paul Francois Vincent de Fleury who became Lord of Rennes. Their son Paul Urbain de Fleury died in 1836 and was buried in the cemetery at Rennes-les-Bains. Le Tresor Maudit by Gerard de Sède states that there were at one time two tombstones for Paul Urbain de Fleury. This has been confirmed by Henry Lincoln although these cannot been seen today.

The "Fauteuil du Diable" (Devil's Armchair) was carved into the shape of a seat for the Comte de Fleury in the eighteenth century.

"St Germaine of Pibrac, shepherdess, Born at Pibrac, c.1579; died there, 1601."

"But people began to take a different view of her when it was reported that one winter's day her stepmother accused her of taking a loaf of bread to give to a beggar; Germaine opened her apron and it was full of spring flowers. Not long after, she was found dead, under the stairs. From 1644 miracles of healing were said to take place at her grave, which has been a place of pilgrimage from that day to this."

(Penguin Dictionary of Saints, p.155-156)


"metal objects which they could not carry"

"...for Solomon had to build his temple without iron tools because of a Mosaic prohibition (Exodus XX.25)"

(The Ancient Secret, p.108)

"If you make me an altar of stone, do not build it of dressed stones; for if you use a chisel on it, you will profane it."

(Bible, Exodus, XX.25)


Jean Jacques Olier founder of the Sulpicians, member of the Compagnie du Saint Sacrement. Buried in the Church of St Sulpice
Jean-Jacques Olier

Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1657), founder in 1641 of the Sulpicians. Responsible for starting the building of the church of St Sulpice in 1642. Olier is buried in St Sulpice. 20 September 1608 to 2 April 1657. 1652 gave up work as a priest and established a society of priests. Died under the eyes of St Vincent de Paul who had come to see him.

Vincent de Paul was the founder of Lazarist movement. His life is marked with an absence for approximately two years, which he allegedly spent in Arabia, as a slave to a man who taught Vincent de Paul magic. Later, de Paul would make sure to highlight that he himself knew the rites, but never practiced them – at least, when he had done these initially, they had been under duress. Late in life and by then a well-known public figure, de Paul tried to get a hold of these letters, realising no doubt that they were an admission of his dabbling in the occult.

"new temple of SOLOMON"

"This message refers to the church at St Sulpice, an esoteric temple copied from the Temple of Solomon and finished at the time of the death of the marquise, on the territory of the abbey of St. Germain des Pres"

(Rennes-le-Château, A Visitor's Guide, p. 12)

"Children of Saint Vincent"

"St Vincent the Deacon. d. 304 A native of Huesca who became deacon to St Valerius at Saragossa and was martyred at Valencia under Diocletian. He has always been widely venerated by the Western church. St Augustine, St Leo and Prudentius wrote in his honour. In some places he is honoured as the patron of vinedressers. Details of his martyrdom are lacking but the fact of it is indisputable. He is depicted as a deacon holding one or many ewers and a book; or with a raven or ravens defending his martyred body; being torn with hooks, or holding a millstone. Saints day Gregorian Calendar January 22.

(The Book of Saints, p. 567)

However the St Vincent referred to here is most probably St Vincent de Paul who founded the Lazarites (Lazarists or Lazarians) are the popular names of the Congregation of Priests of the Mission in the Roman Catholic Church. They are a vowed branch of the Vincentian Family.

The Congregation has its origin in the successful mission to the common people conducted by Saint Vincent de Paul and five other priests on the estates of the Gondi family. More immediately it dates from 1624, when the little community acquired a permanent settlement in the Collège des Bons Enfants [children of St Vincent] in Paris. Archiepiscopal recognition was obtained in 1626. By a papal bull in January 1632, the society was constituted a congregation, with St Vincent de Paul at its head. About the same time the canons regular of St Victor handed over to the congregation the priory of St Lazarus (formerly a lazar-house) in Paris, whence the name of Lazarites or Lazarists.

PENTACLE at Cathedral of St Vincent, Carcasonne
A stained glass window in the Cathedral at La Cité de Carcassonne, seat of Bishop Billard whom Sauniere went to see after he 'Found the Tomb'. 

The Cathedral is on the Rose Line and is dedicated to St Vincent.

Within a few years they had acquired another house in Paris and set up other establishments throughout France; missions were also sent to Italy (1638), Tunis (1643), Algiers and Ireland (1646), Madagascar (1648) and Poland (1651). A fresh bull of Alexander VII in April 1655 further confirmed the society; this was followed by a brief in September of the same year, regulating its constitution. The rules then adopted, which were framed on the model of those of the Jesuits, were published at Paris in 1668 under the title Regulae seu constitutiones communes congregationis missionis. The special objects contemplated were the religious instruction of the lower classes, the training of the clergy and foreign missions.

During the French Revolution the congregation was suppressed and St Lazare was plundered by the mob; it was restored by Napoleon in 1804 at the desire of Pius VII, abolished by him in 1809 in consequence of a quarrel with the pope, and again restored in 1816. The Lazarites were expelled from Italy in 1871 and from Germany in 1873.

The Lazarite province of Poland was singularly prosperous; at the date of its suppression in 1796 it possessed thirty-five establishments. The order was permitted to return in 1816, but is now extinct there. In Madagascar it had a mission from 1648 till 1674. In 1783 Lazarites were appointed to take the place of the Jesuits in the Levantine and Chinese missions; they still have some footing in China, and in 1874 their establishments throughout the Ottoman Empire numbered sixteen. In addition, they established branches in Persia, Abyssinia, Mexico, the South American republics, Portugal, Spain and Russia, some of which have been suppressed. In the same year they had fourteen establishments in the United States of America.

In the early twenty-first century the Lazarites numbered some 4000 worldwide, with a presence in 86 different countries.

(La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains (p. 276-277) Abbé Henri Boudet

"We have happiness to have in our regions, within one kilometre to the north of Limoux, a dedicated sanctuary to the Blessed Virgin1, assiduously visited, and surrounded of a veneration which was never contradicted. Extremely brought closer the river banks of Aude with quiet water, and placed a slope dominating the valley, this sanctuary easily strikes the glance which is fixed with kindness on this blessed place, where the soft Mother of the Saviour distributes her consolations and her help to all the admirers of her Son running close to it to ask and beg. Supplications were never useless, and the exvoto suspended around the venerated image, testify enough to the joy and the recognition to the unfortunate who have obtained the requested favours.

The sanctuary1 is guarded by the children of Saint Vincent de Paul, the saint whose heart belonged to the orphans and unfortunates, and under the direction of these pious and wise missionaries, true inheritors of the virtues and the charity of their benevolent founder, the privileged temple saw a crowd, larger than ever, kneeling and praying in the sacred walls."

Within a little distance, to the top of the slope broadside of green trees leading to the sanctuary, a fountain drops drop by drop its limpid water in a basin of marble. With the help of large rains, the continuous water drop to fall with uniformity, and times of great dryness do not tare it. The innumerable Christians who will pay homage to the Blessed Virgin, stop one moment with the fountain, and after having made a prayer, some drops of this water draw of which they wet their eyelids.

Why does they act thus? The majority are unaware of it; but the mother teaches with her sons, and those  transmit to their children the pious practice of use with the fountain of Our Lady of Marceille. Thus the fountain is indicated; the old chroniclers, however, knew it under the name of fountain of Our-Lady of Marsilla.

At the time of the occupation first of Gaules,

"Nous avons le bonheur de posséder dans nos contrées, à un kilomètre au nord de Limoux, un sanctuaire dédié a la Sainte Vierge, assidûment visité, et entouré d'une vénération qui ne s'est jamais démentie. Fort rapproché des bords de la rivière d'Aude aux eaux tranquilles, et placé sur un coteau dominant la vallée, ce sanctuaire frappe aisément le regard qui se fixe avec complaisance sur ce lieu béni, où la douce Mère du Sauveur distribue ses consolations et ses secours à tous les adorateurs de son Fils. accourant près d'elle pour demander et supplier. Les supplications n'ont jamais été vaines, et les ex-voto suspendus autour de l'image vénérée, témoignent assez de la joie et de la reconnaissance des infortunés qui ont obtenu les faveurs sollicitées.

Le sanctuaire est gardé par les enfants de Saint Vincent de Paul, le saint dont le coeur appartenait aux orphelins et aux malheureux, et sous la [277] direction de ces pieux et savants missionnaires, dignes héritiers des vertus et de la charité de leur bienheureux fondateur, le temple privilégié a vu une foule, plus considérable que jamais, s'agenouiller et prier dans l'enceinte sacrée."

A peu de distance, vers le haut de la rampe (1) bordée d'arbres verts conduisant au sanctuaire, une fontaine laisse tomber goutte à goutte son eau limpide dans un bassin de marbre. Par les grandes pluies, la goutte d'eau continue de tomber avec uniformité, et les temps de grande sécheresse ne la tarissent point. Les innombrables chrétiens qui vont rendre hommage à la Sainte Vierge, s'arrêtent un instant à la fontaine, et après avoir fait une prière, puisent quelques gouttes de cette eau dont ils mouillent leurs paupières.

Pourquoi agissent-ils ainsi ? La plupart l'ignorent ; mais la mère de famille enseigne à ses fils, et ceux ci transmettent à leurs enfants la pieuse pratique en usage à la fontaine de Notre-Dame de Marceille. C'est ainsi qu'on désigne la fontaine ; les vieux chroniqueurs, cependant, l'ont connue sous le nom de fontaine de Notre-Dame de Marsilla."

Au temps de l'occupation première des Gaules,

(La Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains (p. 276-277) Abbé Henri Boudet

1 The sanctuary 1km north of Limoux is called Notre Dame d'Marseilles; also known as the Black Madonna of Limoux

The Temptation of St Anthony in Notre Dame d'Marseilles 1km north of Limoux.




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