Sunday, 19 April 2009

O happy band of pilgrims!

We are just back from Walsingham, tired but refreshed. It was a great Parish Pilgrimage with time for prayer and enjoyment of each others company.
For this pilgrimage we were joined by Fr Craig Youg SSC from South Carolina and three of his parishioners. We also had two pilgrims who celebrated their birthday, Rob on Friday and Richard today!
Thanks to Janice for organising a wonderful pilgrimage and for all those in Walsingham who made us so welcome and offered us meaningful liturgies. It was good to see Bishop Lindsay in action from what we experienced this week end it promises a great future.
The blessing of Pilgrims
Arrival in Walsingham - First Visit to the Holy House
The icon of the Pilgrim Virgin in the Holy House

Stations of the Cross

We met for prayers at the Slipper Chapel where we were met by Fr Alan, the new Shrine Director, just 24 hrs into his new post. Fr Alan gave us a very warm welcome and after leading us in prayer he gave us his blessing as we left reciting the Rosary for Church Unity along the Holy Mile.
The Saturday evening candle lit procession

Parish Mass
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

O happy band of pilgrims!

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