Congratulations to those who have completed the Chartres Pilgrimage this year, who will be nursing their blisters as they try to return to the world of work. Inspired by the Chartres Pilgrime and the Australian Christus Rex pilgrimage, the Latin Mass Society now organises a walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham, about 55 miles. The dates this year are 23 to 25 August 2013, and you can sign up here.
Walsingham has a special importance for England; it is the English National Shrine to Our Lady, and in the Middle Ages was one of the great pilgrimage shrines of Europe. The shrine centred around a reproduction of the Holy House, revealed by Our Lady and built with the assistance of angels. It is a shrine, in a sense, to the Holy Family, and the sacredness of family life. We shall see if, by the time of the pilgrimage, the bill to establish same-sex 'marriage' in England has been successful or not...
For American readers, I'd like to mention the annual
'Pilgrimage of Restoration'
to Our Lady's Shrine of Martyrs Auriesville, New York, USA, Friday-Sunday September 20-22
Register, or PRE-register at DEEP discounts until June 1. Register gratis for Sunday's events. Or, participate from home or parish: sponsor a pilgrim, request prayers, obtain a plenary indulgence.
Check the pilgrimage blog for updates.