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Our Lady of Walsingham amidst Oxford Street shoppers

Our Lady of Walsingham was processed down London's Oxford Street amidst the Christmas shoppers on Friday December 8.

St Patrick's Soho Square Parish, along with the Community Emmanuel, organized an evangelistic Mission for London from December 7 to 10 and part of this involved a Procession of Our Lady of Walsingham starting at Tyburn Convent at Marble Arch and finishing at St Patrick's Soho Square.

Walsingham Outreach Coordinator,AntoniaMoffat, who took part, said: "In Tyburn Convent young missioners placed Our Blessed Lady on her processional Bier and we all went outside on a freezing, wintry night to brave Oxford Street with our Blessed Mother amidst the frenzied Christmas shoppers. Around 150 brave souls banded together for this great processional expedition.

"We had the crowds and the traffic to contend with, as we navigated across treacherous roads and a packed Oxford Street. We sang or prayed silently and the people around us looked at us in total shock and awe as their brains adjusted to something completely unexpected and something completely other, amidst their shopping frenzy, which caused many to be thrown into momentary confusion. It was a sight to behold!

"The Young Mission team had various encounters with people along the way with an invitation to speak of the Lord and the significance of the Procession with Our Lady of Walsingham as we prepare for the Lord's coming. Miraculous medals were also offered," said Antonia.

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