Clifton Diocese's annual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury takes place this Sunday, 8 July. A procession will take place through the town centre behind the statue of Our Lady, during which the Rosary will be prayed and hymns will be sung. In some years this has been preceded by a Liturgy of the Word in the Tor Field, commemorating the martyrdom of Blessed Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury, who was hung from the Abbey tower, with fellow martyrs, Blessed Roger James and Blessed John Thorne.
This year, the liturgy takes place in the Abbey Grounds, followed by the start of the procession at 2.15pm. The procession exits the Abbey grounds at the top of town, it proceeds through the town centre via the High Street, returning to the Abbey through the main gate at approximately 3pm.
Another group will gather in St Mary's church, the Shrine of Our Lady, at about 12.30pm, for the Rosary and Exposition. There will also be time for Confession and private healing prayer be given by the Shrine's Healing Ministry for those who would like to receive it, finishing with Benediction at about 2pm.
The two groups of pilgrims, from the procession and from the church, meet at the Main Abbey Gate for the pilgrimage Mass which will be celebrated by Bishop Declan Lang at 3.30pm in the Abbey Grounds.