I hope that we will be able to publish some photographs soon. In the mean time, we will have to be content with a written report.
Over 200 people took part in the pilgrimage by attending the Solemn Mass in St Wilfrid's Church, walking in the procession and being present at the Church of the English Martyrs for veneration of the relic and Benediction. The presence of Bishop Drainey, who presided at the Mass and gave the Benediction, was much appreciated by all. A lot of people came up to me afterwards and said: "I wish we had a bishop like him!" Not only did he not make a single error, but he looked completely confident throughout the proceedings. I think that this must be due to the amount of preparation that he put into it beforehand.
It seems that the procession made a significant impact in the city of York, there being good coverage both in the local newspaper and on the local radio. Several people have remarked that the procession was treated with respect as it passed through the busy streets. Shoppers and tourists alike stood back out of the way to allow the procession to pass, and there was virtually no antagonism shown.
An innovation this year was to carry a statue of St Margaret Cluitherow on the procession, and that added to the impact. We also had a mobile loudspeaker system for the recitation of the roasry, which was a great help. Next year, we will introduce further features which will make the pilgrimage even more conspicuous.
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