Invitation to join the Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham

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Invitation to join the Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham

The annual Diocese of East Anglia Pilgrimage will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, and parishioners and clergy from across the diocese are welcome to attend.

The pilgrimage will begin with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church of the Annunciation, Friday Market, until 11.45am. At 12 noon there will be the Regina Caeli and the Crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham by Bishop Peter Collins in Friday Market.

Pilgrimage director, Fr Peter Rollings, said: “The procession will then make its way down the Holy Mile to the Shrine reciting the Rosary and singing hymns. East Anglia is one of the few processions allowed to use the Holy Mile – all others go along the Pilgrim Way on the route of the old railway. Parishes are encouraged to bring their parish banners which will then be displayed outside the Chapel of Reconciliation.

“On arrival there will be a brief Penitential Service and the opportunity for Confessions at the Crosses around the meadow. There is then a break for lunch and private visits to the Shrine in the Slipper Chapel. At 3pm, Bishop Peter will celebrate Pontifical Mass which will conclude the pilgrimage.

“Coach organisers should arrange to drop off the walking pilgrims at the coach park in the village and then take the non-walkers to the Slipper Chapel where the coaches will be parked. It is hoped that the Diocesan Pilgrimage will be a powerful moment in this Year of Prayer which Pope Francis has asked for in preparation for the Year of Jubilee next year, said Fr Peter.

Pictured above is last year’s diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham.