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Bishop’s invitation to Chrism Mass and annual pilgrimage

Bishop Alan has extended an invitation to laity and clergy across East Anglia to two key events in the Diocesan calendar – the Chrism Mass on April 16 and the Pilgrimage to Walsingham on May 6.


All the lay faithful of the Diocese are invited to Join Bishop Alan and the clergy for the celebration of the Solemn Chrism Mass on Tuesday April 16, 7pm, at the cathedral of St John the Baptist.

The Holy Oils are blessed and consecrated for the coming year which are then used in every parish for the celebration of the Sacraments. During the Mass the Priests are invited to renew their Priestly Vows. Members of the Diocesan choir will join the cathedral Choir for this occasion. Hot cross buns are served afterwards in the Narthex.


The Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham on Bank Holiday Monday May 6, marks the first weekend of Pilgrimages from the Diocese of England and Wales. The Pilgrimage is led by the Parish of King’s Lynn, who made the first procession to Walsingham in modern times.

Bishop Alan warmly invites the clergy, religious and all God’s people to join in this Pilgrimage in which we will consecrate our Diocese once more to her loving care.

Parish Coaches are welcome as are families and individuals making their own way! The young people who will have been celebrating the Ignite Weekend will also be joining us in Walsingham. All Diocesan altar servers are also invited to vest for the Mass and procession.

Timetable
1100 Confessions (The Basilica and at the Pilgrim Crosses in the grounds)
1200 Pilgrimage Mass of Our Lady celebrated by Bishop Alan and the priests of the Diocese followed by Lunch in the Grounds (packed lunch or food available from the café)
1500 Rosary Procession of Our Lady from the Basilica to the Village finishing with Benediction in the ancient Priory Grounds and the Consecration of the Diocese on the original site of the Holy House.

Picture top is last year’s Chrism Mass and, below, the last Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham.

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