Undaunted by COVID-19, Our Lady goes to Walsingham
There were times earlier this year when we wondered whether the Pilgrimage would take place at all. Fortunately the prevailing conditions on Sunday, 27 September 2020 allowed Guardians Petrit, John and Mary to take the Relic Image in the van as usual. The day was obviously very different from previous years, with limited numbers of pilgrims and face coverings much in evidence. Sadly it was also not permitted for pilgrims to touch the Relic Image as they normally do when they venerate.
The Mass, watched by many via live streaming, was celebrated by Bishop Marcus Stock from Leeds. Monsignor John Armitage, the previous Rector of the Shrine, has returned to parish life in East London and his place had been taken only the week before the Pilgrimage by Monsignor Philip Moger, who warmly welcomed the first visit of the Relic Image during his term of office. We would like to thank him and the National Shrine for this welcome. A more familiar face, Fr Jeremy Davies, led the Stations of the Cross as usual. Fr Jeremy established the Day of Reparation for Life in 1984 and has been a great friend to the Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thanks to Petrit and John for loading the Relic Image, returning the van and acting as the stewards on the day. Thanks to Mary for accompanying them and to Keith for managing the van bookings.
Despite the prevailing conditions, the Guardians are still working behind the scenes to keep events running. We hope that in 2021 our visit to Walsingham will look more like it usually does!
In the meantime, we ask Our Lady as Protectress of the Unborn to protect all life from conception to natural death, but most particularly those vulnerable little lives lost through abortion, the thousands of whose deaths never reach the headlines.
Recordings of Sunday’s schedule can be viewed on Church Services TV at https://www.churchservices.tv/walsingham/archive/recordings/HYKmP1zRoJC84hA.
In particular, you might want to watch the recording of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary: https://www.churchservices.tv/walsingham/archive/recordings/HYKmP1zRoJC84hA
Recordings of the whole day may also be viewed on YouTube: