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Legend of Ver-sur-Mer

A History between legend and reality
L & rsquo; Ver history is intimately linked to the legend of St. Gerbold.
This story s & rsquo; based on real facts.
Gerbold has indeed existed. Born in the seventh century , He was bishop of Bayeux.
The legend which reached up & rsquo; to us is this:
Gerbold was a young, good man and he was noted for the purity of his soul and the righteousness of his life and his conduct.
He went to England where he was employed with a Duke, very rich and powerful.
The young Duchess, probably a little neglected, noticed it too and was interested in him for other reasons.
Gerbold offended rejected the advances of the lady who took offense and went to complain to her husband claiming that Gerbold had wanted to make her his mistress. The outraged Duke, judged and condemned forthwith Gerbold drowning.

 A boat took the unfortunate off after him attached to the neck a granite millstone.

He was thrown unceremoniously into the sea. But the stone did not sink, floated and turned instantly raft saving the lives of Gerbold.

The frightened sailors did a U-turn and ran full sail to the shore.

The mere elle a aussi ses whims, and instead of repelling Gerbold to the English coast, dragged out to sea.

After long hours he came to a shore that was totally unknown. Accustomed to the rocks of Cornwall he discovered a green landscape that greatly admired and exclaimed "God is Green, God is Green !. 

Having landed on the beach of Worm he skirted the river Provence and under him the flowers opened to his great amazement, when we were in February. Thus, the legend says, our village called VER. The thing knew soon on our shores and people came from everywhere to approach this blessed man of God who had moved to the edge of Provence near a spring that healed the dysentrie.
Highly regarded by all this distinguished hermit and healer became bishop of Bayeux.
Time passed, Gerbold lavished sermons but no miracle came to brighten up the area. One day sailors of England stranded on our land told the familiar story across the Channel and again Gerbold was accused of all evils and driven from his position as bishop of Bayeux.
Disgusted poor man threw his priestly ring in the sea and off like a hermit refuge in the land, où on, he treated by prayer those who were suffering from dysentery.

After leaving Bayeux, the ungrateful Bayeusains were also affected by this terrible disease. Having learned that the results obtained in this field , they went well repentant, ask for forgiveness and pray to return for treatment. For forgiveness they brought him back by our fishermen fish. He agreed to think and enjoying one of the fish he found his ring bishop. He received it as a divine sign and agreed to return to Bayeux.

Il mourut online and in 695 and was beatified by the following.

Throughout Normandy known this legend and the poor who suffer from intestinal ailments will pray Saint Gerbold wherever possible, as for example in Manche Brécey or Sartilly or chapel to the monks in the Orne.

L & rsquo; Association of Friends of St. Gerbold realized d & rsquo; significant research on the real life of Gerbold, Making a balance between legend and reality. To join this association contact its president Philippe Olive at 02 31 67 60 63.

Bas Relief in the church depicting St. Gerbold dealing with VER.

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