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 make a number of pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham each year.
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 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 over the weekend of 16th-18th June 2017 next year. For further details, please see Fr Peter.
National Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham
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.