To Walsingham

A big thank you to the Society of Catholic Priests in North America and Fr Tripp Norris for arranging the people-mover to take us to Walsingham from Canterbury. Seven of us, including the driver, had a very comfortable three hour drive, arriving just in time for lunch at the Bull Inn opposite the entrance to the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham. There are eleven of us here, six from Australia.

Here Mother Pirrial and Father Robert and enjoying a much needed drink.

The setting is very well maintained and the glorious weather has continued.

The Shrine church has many chapels, including the Holy House, built following a vision in which the Blessed Virgin Mary described her home in Nazareth. The original buildings were destroyed in the English Reformations but re-established in the early 1800s. It is a place of many regular pilgrimages for Anglicans.

He had mass both in the Holy House and also in the Shrine Church.

I rather likes the Ascension chapel

and the modern sculpture in the Barn Chapel.

All our meals are provided and there is Walsingham a bar, Norton’s, where we are regular fixtures.

This morning we read Morning Prayer in the Chapel of All Souls, which we read off our mobile phones – very modern.

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