Wednesday 18 September 2019

Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2019

The annual LMS pilgrimage to Glastonbury took place on Saturday 7th September 2019. The day began with Solemn High Mass in the Shrine Church. Dom Bede Rowe was Celebrant, with Father James Bradley, of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, as Deacon, and Dom Anselm Redman as Subdeacon. Charles Bradshaw acted as MC, and the other servers came from around the Diocese

The Rupert Bevan Singers provided the music, which included Byrd's Mass for Five Voices.

The Mass was a votive Mass for Our Lady's birthday, this being the Saturday nearest to the Feast on the 8th September. In his sermon, Dom Bede pointed out that Our Lady had been venerated in Glastonbury since the earliest days of Christianity, and is still honoured around the world, despite all the opposition and persecution that the faithful have suffered.

Mass was followed by lunch in the parish hall, after which we crossed the road to the ruins of the ancient Abbey to pray the Rosary in the crypt of the Lady Chapel. The day finished with an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and confessions, followed by Benediction.

We would like to thank all those who helped to make this pilgrimage possible, in particular Dom Bede Rowe, the Rector of the Shrine and Celebrant of the High Mass, the other Sacred Ministers, Fathers Bradley and Redman, MC Charles Bradshaw, and the Shrine administrator, Kim Woolmer.