As pilgrims we were on the same journey together, but were reminded that we are each on our own journey. Here Fr Michael Burgess from St Peter’s Church, Oughtrington reflects on some striking moments of today for him.
“Although Tuesday began with grey skies and warm rain, the sun shone brightly as we made our way to the Slipper Chapel, a mile away – spotting five sorts of butterflies along the old railway line path.
Then back to the beautiful Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation to enjoy the peace and grace of our Holy Hour of Prayer there. As with last year, this was a very special time, sharing in the unity that Mary brings as she calls us together as one family.
The day ended with the moving liturgy of Sprinkling and Healing, All the pilgrims in our group found this a time of joy and comfort, consolation and strength as we drank from the well of salvation and shared in the ministries of annointing, laying on of hands and reconcilation – all blessed by the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
On Wednesday morning the coach took us to the Priory Church of Binham.
Tracy was the chief celebrant and Deborah deaconed the Mass – another very special, joyous occasion where prayer, sacrament and music blended in our offering of worship as the light of creation streamed through the windows and the light of God’s spirit lit up our lives.”