Christ teaches his disciples in Chapter 6 of Mark’s gospel to take time out to get away from the business of life, and make space for reflection, refreshment and prayer. Through travelling, spending time together, and making time to reflect on the mysteries of our salvation, we deepen our relationship with Christ as his pilgrim people.
St Benet’s makes a number of pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham each year, and offers a number of opportunities for retreat and silent recollection through the year.
Walsingham Children’s Pilgrimage
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020
The Walsingham children’s pilgrimage is an opportunity for children between the ages of 7 and 11 to travel to Walsingham together and experience a pilgrimage to that holy place in an atmosphere that includes worship specifically intended to be more approachable for younger christians. We stay over night in the Shrine’s wonderful accommodation and follow a programme of events arranged specially for our young pilgrims. Details to follow soon.
Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham
June 2020 – dates to be confirmed
A weekend pilgrimage involves travelling to Walsingham on Friday afternoon, staying over two nights at the Shrine, and returning on Sunday evening. Excellent fully catered accommodation is available at the Shrine for pilgrims. We travel with pilgrims from the Parish of Old St Pancras, and usually participate in the Shrine’s pilgrimage programme which involves, amongst other things, a Pilgrimage Mass on the Saturday night, an evening liturgy of procession, and the opportunity for receiving the Church’s ministries of forgiveness and healing, and Sprinkling and Benediction on Sunday afternoon. We plan to go to Walsingham in the months of June this year – details will be published soon.
National Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Monday 25th May 2020
The National Pilgrimage is an opportunity to visit Walsingham for the day on the second May Bank Holiday. Pilgrims come from all over the country for a wonderful outdoor Mass in the grounds of the Medieval Abbey of Walsingham. After the Mass, there is time for a picnic lunch followed by a beautiful procession of Our Lady through the Norfolk village which eventually returns to the Abbey grounds for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There is then ample time for a well earned glass of beer in the sunshine before returning to London.