Clifton Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury
This year’s Pilgrimage is on Sunday 13th July 2014
A shrine is traditionally a place of pilgrimage and reminds us, in an earthly way, of our spiritual journey of faith.
Through baptism we embark on a road that is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough, but we do not journey alone.
As Christians we have our eyes firmly fixed upon the Kingdom of God as revealed to us in Scripture and Tradition by Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The message of Our Lady, His Mother, is a simple one. In John 2:5 she points to her Son and says, “Do whatever He tells you”. And so, it is in this shrine that we worship God and give honour to the Theotokos, the God-Bearer. She is a prototype of the Church in that she gives us an example of discipleship unparalleled in the history of salvation. She is humble and courageous, obedient and strong, maternal and virginal, constantly directing us towards her Son.
Father Kevin Knox-Lecky, Parish Priest 1999 – 2012
The Pilgrimage has two starts :
1. A procession through the town centre behind the statue of Our Lady, during which
the Rosary is prayed and hymns are sung. In some years this has been preceded
by a Liturgy of the Word in the Tor Field, commemorating the martyrdom of
Blesséd Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury, and his fellow martyrs,
Blesséd Roger James and Blesséd John Thorne. In 2014 this liturgy takes place
in the Abbey Grounds, followed by the start of the procession at 2.15pm.
The procession exits the Abbey grounds through the Abbey House Gardens, it proceeds
through the town centre via Chilkwell Street, the High Street and Magdalene Street,
returning to the Abbey through the Magdalene Street Gates, opposite the Shrine Church
at approximately 3pm.
2. The Pilgrimage starts in St Mary’s church, the Shrine of Our Lady, at 11.30am,
when the holy Rosary is prayed, followed by Exposition of their Blesséd Sacrament,
during which Confessions will be heard and private healing prayer will be given by the
Shrine’s Healing Ministry for those who would like to receive it, finishing with Benediction
at about 2pm, to enable pilgrims to join the start of the procession, if they wish.
The two groups of pilgrims, from the procession and from the church meet in the Abbey grounds
for the pilgrimage Mass which will be celebrated by Bishop Declan Lang at 3.30pm.