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Saturday in Walsingham--18 May 2013

Sandringham Estate & a new crowd of Pilgrims

overcast 49 °F

Saturday I went to the early Mass. Another load of Pilgrims were arriving. Having a car and having stayed in on Friday, I went for a drive to the Sandringham Estates; the Norfolk personal residence of Queen Elizabeth. It a beautiful house, of course, but the grounds are spectacular.


I visited first the Sandringham Church: S. Mary Magdalene. This is where the Queen and other royals attend Sunday Church, but where many local people in the area also attend. The Queen and family are generally here during the month of July, and of course, everyone in the family comes at Christmas and Easter, practically filling the Church.

This Church is best known for all the silver: the Altar is solid silver, just one ounce shy of being a ton, and a gift of Wanamaker, of Philadelphia department store fame. The processional cross is likewise sterling, commemorating the Great War, when 150 of the village lads went off to war and none returned.

The house is open for tours, but when the Queen wishes to visit, things are put back into place, and it is transformed from a tourist display to a family home once more.

In the evening, I participated in the Pilgrims’ Healing Liturgies; concelebrating Mass and hearing confessions. After, I chatted in the cottage with Fr Robert, an English SSC priest whom I knew from online chats, but had never met in person. Of course, we talked until way late, and solved all the problems of the Church.

Posted by stbrides 02:21 Archived in United Kingdom

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