Rorate Caeli

Event: The Pilgrimage for Restoration, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

The Pilgrimage for Restoration,  a traditional walking pilgrimage, is set to take place this year September 29-October 1. The pilgrimage route goes from the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament at Lake George Village, NY, to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville, NY.

In its twenty-second year, the annual pilgrimage is a journey of the faithful to the place in “New France where Saints Isaac Jogues, René Goupîl, John LaLande and numerous Native American Converts were martyred more than 375 years ago. It is conducted in honor of Christ Our King, for the restoration of new Christendom, and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Invoking the intercession of America’s saints and martyrs, the pilgrims pray that Catholic Faith restore every dimension of their lives: their hearts, families, workplaces, parishes, neighborhoods, cities, dioceses, the American nations.

The pilgrimage is an exercise of penance and prayer, of contradiction and restoration, having both a personal and social character. Modeled on the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, France, the pilgrims embrace the traditional doctrine and practice of Holy Church, with all its demands.

A special intention of the pilgrimage is restoration of the Catholic family, civil society and the specifically Roman liturgical tradition. Being attached to Church’s ancient liturgy, with all the riches it contains, brings many blessings on contemporary man, who needs the healing that only the true Church, its doctrine and its praxis, can offer. 

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