THE CHAPEL OF SAINT LAWRENCE, ASTAING (NORD)
In Ainstaing, in the North of France, the church of St. Lawrence hides behind its eastern end a small red brick building. Inside, a statue of St. Lawrence stands above a fountain pump. Every August the faithful come here on pilgrimage to thank St. Lawrence for the graces received or to touch the water, which is reputed to cure skin diseases. The origins of the shrine go back to the 17th century, but the spring is said to have been discovered in the 3rd century by St. Piat, evangelizer of the region. Reputed to cure burns, it was naturally dedicated to St. Lawrence, who died burned on a grill.
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