Photography
Relaxed, professional and friendly service.

Diocese of Leeds Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Diocese of Leeds Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

Diocese of Leeds Walsingham Pilgrimage 2015

On Saturday 26th September more than six hundred pilgrims of all ages and from all corners of the Diocese made their way to Walsingham, the national shrine of Our Lady in Norfolk. Some had come on organised coaches and others had driven there by car and taken a few days break around the pilgrimage. Bishop Marcus joined the pilgrims for the first time as Bishop of Leeds and presided at the Mass, the Afternoon Procession and Benediction.

The weather was glorious and pilgrims sat in the open air dodging the bright sun for the celebration of the midday Mass. In his homily Bishop Marcus described Our Lady as the "Ark of the Covenant, as the one who conceived God in the flesh at the Annunciation and who continues to generate and give Christ to humanity". At the end of Mass the Bishop led the Prayer consecrating the Diocese to Mary, Mother of Unfailing Help.

Pilgrims had the opportunity to visit the Slipper Chapel and the famous statue of Our Lady Of Walsingham before the Mass or during the lunch break when six hundred sat down to a late summer picnic. In the afternoon pilgrims lined up behind the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham carried by the young people from several of the diocesan schools who had made the journey and then processed the Holy Mile along the roads into Little Walsingham village praying he Rosary and singing Marian hymns. The Procession ended in the Priory grounds, the site of the original Holy House of Nazareth built in response to the revelation of our Lady to Lady Richeldis de Feverches in 1061, and Evening Prayer and benediction followed. After Benediction many of the pilgrims headed for the Anglican shrine to visit the shrine of the present Holy House before heading for home.