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Wednesday in Walsingham

Cold, rainy, blustery winds and no heat; but Mass and Benediction!

storm 42 °F

Wednesday was again very cold and rainy. There was no heat in the cottage.

At 1100, there was a concelebrated Mass in the Shrine Church, at which I participated. The parish pilgrims and others were there, and there were about 8 of us concelebrating priests. It was a good showing of solidarity of priests and people in the Catholic Faith, and the music was of the sort that one could sing at full gusto.

English Anglo-Catholics do things a bit differently, using the Roman Missal, for instance, so there was just enough things different to keep me on my toes. In the end, however, the Mass is the Mass, and my brother priests kept me in line; mainly I just stayed at the back of the queue, and did what everyone in front of me did.

Following lunch, the front office had arranged for a space heater. It simply seemed too cold and blustery and rainy to do anything else, so I turned on the space heater and took a nap!

In the evening was Procession of Mary through the Gardens, followed by Benediction. Bishop Lindsey, Shrine Administrator, gave a brief homily. Then it was lighting our torches and parading round the Gardens with Mary, singing, Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! (the Lourdes Pilgrimage hymn, with Walsingham lyrics). Benediction followed, which is a always a beautiful and moving liturgy, where the priest blesses the people with the very Body of Christ in the Eucharist.

Heat had been restored to the cottage, so I had a very comfortable rest until time for bed.

Pictures to follow on Facebook, of course.

Posted by stbrides 02:52 Archived in United Kingdom

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