Saturday, 24 September 2011

Celebrating Our Lady of Walshingham

Pilgrims from St Joan of Arc, Farnham at Walshingham
The 24th September is the Feast of Our Lady of Walshingham, the ancient English Marian Shrine in Walshingham, Norfolk shared by Catholics and Anglicans. She is also the special patron of the new Ordinariate and our Eastbourne group will be celebrating the Patronal Feast on SUnday 25th September at 4pm in St Agnes, Eastbourne.

This short report of a recent A&B parish pilgrimage from Nancy Sackwood has comet through:
"Twenty-six pilgrims set off by coach from St. Joan of Arc Church on a three-day pilgrimage to Walsingham on August 15th and arrived at the Church of Reconciliation in time for our Pilgrimage Mass at midday. we attended Mass and we said both morning and evening prayers each day at the Church of the Annunciation.

In the course of the limited time of our visit we succeeded in visiting all the shrines of Our Lady, namely the Slipper Chapel, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Church of Reconciliation, the Anglican Shrine, the Orthodox Chapel, Abbey Ruins and we even had time to spend four relaxing fun hours at the coast at Wells-Next-the-Sea.

On our second evening we had a candlelit procession to a shrine of our lady in the garden of the Church of the Annunciation. On our final day we walked the mile along the Pilgrim Way to the Church of Reconciliation in procession, reciting the Rosary while four pilgrims carried a statue of our lady of Walsingham. The three days was a most uplifting and enjoyable experience."

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