Posted by: catholicrelics | October 6, 2009

Walsingham awash with pilgrims not rain

4, originally uploaded by Catholic Church (England and Wales).

Next stop Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage since medieval times. On arrival, as the sun came out and the rain disappeared, the relics made a stop in the Anglican Shrine Grounds for a small welcome of hymns and prayers from the Anglican community, and as the hearse drove up a shower of rose petals were poured out from the windows above the courtyard.

Then on through the parish followed by a team of pilgrims all hoping to get close to the reliquary. Ending up along the country road at the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The church was completely full and the grounds outside were also full of pilgrims. A special ecumenical service took place to welcome St Therese led by the Director of the Anglican shrine the Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin and Fr Alan Williams, Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was followed by veneration and Mass. Tonight there is an all night vigil.

Point of interest in 1897 Pope Leo XIII re-found the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in King’s Lynn, and the first post reformation pilgrimage took place to the Slipper Chapel and to Walsingham in the same year. Pope Leo XIII is the Pope that Therese pleaded with to enter Carmel at the age of 15.

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