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31 August 2011

Walsingham Pilgrimage

I have recently returned from the walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham, a distance of 55 miles, and it was a great experience. I should add that I only walked the final mile. My role was driving a support vehicle, which carried some of the baggage and was available to pick up anyone who could walk no further.

Over 30 young and not so young people walked the whole distance over three days. They prayed the rosary and sang hymns much of the time, and there were opportunities for confessions to be heard by Fr Rowe along the way.

It was a great occasion and even the rather wet, and sometimes stormy, weather did not dampen the spirits of the pilgrims. There was a sung Mass each day. On the Friday it was at 6am in the church of St Etheldreda before setting off from Ely, and on the Saturday, it was in in the chapel of Oxborough Hall. The Sunday Mass was at the shrine in Walsingham, and the walking pilgrims were joined by others who had travelled there by coach or car.

For me the high point was walking the Holy Mile into the village of Little Walsingham. Many, but not me, did this bearfoot. We carried a processional cross, and sang the Rosary and a Litany as we walked. The musical setting of the Ave Maria was new to me, and is apparently the one used on the Paris to Chartres pilgrimage. I found it very attractive and suitable for the occasion. People certainly joined in well.

The procession took us to the grounds of the former abbey which is the site of the original shrine.

Plans are now being made for next year, when we expect to have a bigger and better pilgrimage.


Yorkmum said...

Those of us walking were extremely grateful for the back up support vehicle drivers, both for catching the weary and organising food at each stop. The walkers could not have done their part without the others.

I cannot pick out one highlight. The Mass at Oxborough was sublime, while the hospitality shown to the pilgrims along the way was extremely kind and heartening. The procession along the Holy Mile was a fitting climax and it was lovely to be joined by so many at that point.

Juventutem London said...

Hey! Which of the pilgrims were et Expecto and Yorkmum? I've been blogging about each day, here is Day 0 (I've done up to Day 2):

Yorkmum said...

Your account is a joy to read - and very perceptive too.

Yorkmum is as it says on the tin the one who is a mum and who is from York (that would be the other mum from the one who was not from Liverpool). Et Expecto provided sterling back up being not the Lord Tennond but the driver of the support vehicle with trailer.