Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Bishop Richard Leads Pilgrimage for Year of Mercy to Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Crowned Statue of Our Lady with the Child Jesus in the church of Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis
Bishop Richard Moth led a Diocesan Holy Year Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead, West Sussex on Sunday 17 July. Hundreds of parishioners from all over the diocese, a few from each parish because of the limitations of space, came by coach to join in the celebrations which began at 11am and end with Mass at 3pm. Some parish clergy who were busy in their own parishes in the morning were able to come later in the day for the Mass at 3pm.

In the Holy Year of Mercy the Shrine was chosen as one of the sites for a Holy Door in the Diocese and Bishop Richard expressed a wish that there be a pilgrimage to the Shrine as part of the Diocesan Holy Year celebrations. During the day there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions and the Holy Rosary and the climax of the day which was Holy Mass.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation was the first Catholic Shrine in honour of Our Lady to be established in England since before the Reformation. The site was also the location for a secret chapel used during times of persecution and was at one time a seminary in the early days of Catholic Emancipation. The Church remains today a popular pilgrimage centre welcoming people throughout the years not only in this Holy Year.

You can find out more about the Shrine on their website.

See photos of the day on Flickr…/aruneland…/albums/72157670514667581

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