Sunday, 27 May 2007

Oscott to Walsingham

On Thursday the 31st of May, Oscott College is making its annual pilgrimage to...of all places Walsingham. For us East Anglians, however, it's more of a return home than a pilgrimage, but Walsingham always promises to a blessed place.

According to college records, it is sixty years this year, since Oscott last travelled as a college to walsingham on pilgrimage. We were the first to celebrate High Mass in the slipper chapel since the reformation, and we donated to the shrine, a processional cross that is still used to this day.

There is something very profound and very important in our pilgrimage. Not only in so far as we (the Seminary) are dedicated to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, but also their is a sense in which it seems entirely appropriate, right and fitting that the future pastors of the English Church should go to pray for England, Mary's dowry, at the shrine that She instituted. Surely we will be strengthened, encouraged and blessed for our future mission?

I'm Slightly anxious about the return journey home as the college is stopping in at my home parish of, St. Luke's in Peterborough for Vespers and BBQ supper, -my home parish, my family, seminary staff and fellow seminarians- these are worlds that should never collide!

Any way, watch this space for pilgrimage photos!

Wishing all a spirit filled Pentecost!

(Even if I have just celebrated 2nd Vespers..... so sad!)

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