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Holy Cross Chapel Bernrain

Holy Cross Chapel Bernrain

A legend is connected with the origin of the chapel. It is said that in 1384 a boy from Constance named Schappeler went with his comrades into the forest in Bernrain, where an old cross stood. The high-spirited Schappeler grabbed the crucified boy by the nose and said: "Lord God, let me blow your nose, then I'll kiss you all the better". Then his hand was caught on the nose. Only his mother could free him when she had praised Our Lady seven pilgrimages to Einsiedeln. It was here that Johannes Kränzlin from Constance had a chapel built, which later became a place of pilgrimage. Twice a year a procession leads from St. Stephen's in Constance to Bernrain. After the Reformation, the miraculous cross was brought to safety at various places until it returned to Bernrain in 1664.

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