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Latin Mass Society launches walking pilgrimage to Walsingham

Dr Shaw with Our Lady of Walsingham banner on Paris to Chartres pilgrimage, May 2010.

Dr Shaw with Our Lady of Walsingham banner on Paris to Chartres pilgrimage, May 2010.

The Latin Mass Society is organising a walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham from Friday 20 August to Sunday 22 August. The pilgrimage has been inspired by the great Paris to Chartres traditional annual walking pilgrimage which attracts thousands of young participants.

The LMS pilgrims will leave Ely on the Friday, after a 7am blessing in Ely Cathedral. Accommodation will be in tents. There will be daily Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite concluding with a Traditional Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at Walsingham at 2.30pm on the Sunday. This will be open to all.

The pilgrimage will be restricted to adults for this first year while any practical problems are ironed out. It is hoped it will be much larger next year.

Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS Chairman, said: “I am very excited by this pilgrimage – it’s the sort of practical and challenging devotion which young people in particular find of great benefit. This is just one of the evangelical activities by which the LMS is responding to Pope Benedict’s call for a fresh presentation of the Faith in Europe”.
For registration and full details potential pilgrims should e-mail the organiser, Paul Smeaton, on paulsmeaton@hotmail.co.uk or telephone the LMS office on 020 7404 7284.