The Miraculous Relic Image left The Shrine in St Joseph’s Bedford early on Sunday morning 27 September invited to be a devotional presence at the National Prolife Pilgrimage 2015 in Walsingham, under Her title as “Protectress of the unborn”. Our Lady of Guadalupe is patron of the Prolife movement as well as the family.
The day was dry, warm and sunny and much enjoyed by the pilgrims from Bedford and Milton Keynes who shared a coach and arrived in Walsingham in good time for the Mass at 12 noon where we were joined by Pilgrims from throughout the United Kingdom. Bishop Philip Egan, from Portsmouth, was the principal celebrant at the Mass. In his homily, he preached on the importance of the traditional family and the respect for life from its conception to natural death. Sadly, in today’s “I want” society the vulnerable are considered as disposable. He also warned of the danger of Scientism and its teaching, even in Catholic schools. Fourteen members of our party were invited to form the offertory procession and felt very honoured to do so. After Mass, there followed Stations of the Cross and Exposition and Benediction. Then followed the recitation of the first 3 sorrowful mysteries before Pilgrims walked the Holy Mile to the Priory in silence then the 2 final mysteries were prayed.
The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was displayed for Veneration before and after Mass and hundreds of Pilgrims took advantage of this opportunity to pray to Our Lady and touch the Relic Image and offer prayers for the sanctity of life. Once again, the Knights of Saint Columba Province 38 led by Provincial Grand Knight Damian Reilly were with us as partners to provide support and assist with the organisation.
This Walsingham Pilgrimage is always a happy occasion and is an opportunity to meet fellow Prolife supporters, especially our friends and fellow Guardians from the Diocese and beyond. It was lovely to see Fr Jeremy Davies, Fr Jacob Hausman and Fr Simon Penhalagan among the clergy present.
More photos can be seen on the Walsingham Blog.