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First Ordinariate Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Monday 17th September 2012

Report from young Ordinariate member, Thomas Starkie:

At noon on 15 September, crowds of Ordinariate members gathered at the National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham for Mass, beginning the Ordinariate's first pilgrimage to England's Nazareth. The Principal Celebrant was the Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, joined by, among others, many Ordinariate priests. The Chapel of Reconciliation was filled, with people standing when they could not find space in the pews and, as it was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we sang the beautiful and sorrowful chant Stabat Mater, in English translation.

Lunch came next, and an opportunity to talk to and meet people from other Ordinariate Groups, sharing stories, talking about experiences, and connecting with the Ordinariate community from all over England and Wales. The sun shone gloriously all day, and an atmosphere of calm and prayer surrounded us as we were gathered together. It was a chance to step back from everyday life and reflect, especially on the beauty of Christian unity.

Later, as we walked the Holy Mile praying the Rosary (some of us barefoot!), we made our way to the Anglican Shrine. It was a great blessing to be there. We congregated in the shrine grounds for an Ecumenical Service of Sprinkling, led by Mgr Newton and with the Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin OGS, the Anglican Shrine Administrator. As we visited the Anglican shrine, we brought to Our Lady our prayers: prayers for each other, prayers for unity.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us!

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