|Photo taken by (c) Phil Gibbon - source the Clifton Diocesan Website|
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Monday, 9 July 2018
This is the only picture I have of the Pilgrimage. I was walking and singing you see. there should be some on our Diocesan Website, so when they are up, I'll post a link.
Many thanks to all who came, and to all who helped. Graces from Our Lady will flow onto you all.
Sunday, 8 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
In the Shrine:
12.00pm Silent Adoration
In the Abbey grounds:
12.00-3.00pm Confessions and individual prayer
2.15pm Rosary Procession
3.30pm Mass in the Abbey
Friday, 6 July 2018
Devotion to Our Lady in Glastonbury is lost in the mists of time. Unlike other places, Walsingham or Lourdes for example, we cannot point to one moment of revelation or to one occasion when prayers to her began to take place here in Glastonbury. Honouring Our Lady in Glastonbury merges into the background of our country, as the Abbey merges into the ground beneath the Tor. Devotion to her has always been here, and the Blessed Virgin has always been honoured here.
These pilgrimages to Glastonbury, however, are different. We do not come to remember something specific that happened in history, rather we come to remember who we are, the background to our lives. And when we are transported from this place, it is not governed by images or visions that have been given to us.
Glastonbury is simply different.
Extraordinary things have happened here: from building the most magnificent Abbey in the land, to the terrible murder of our martyrs, Richard Whiting, Roger James and John Thorne, but through it all, Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury has stood and watched history unfold before her. She has been part of the fabric of this country, even before it was a country.
She it is who has stood sentinel in this place, from the dawn of Christian civilisation, being loved, and loving in return. And she will remain here until her Son comes again.
She bids you... come.
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Monday, 2 July 2018
Sunday, 1 July 2018
From Youtube. You can see the number of people here venerating the Mother of God. This was before the nuns left, so the pilgrimage was in the field now occupied by Morrisons. It is such a pity that we no longer have the space for an outdoor Mass on our own land. We have to have the Pilgrimage in the old Abbey ruins. That seems like a good and nice idea, but as I have now been here for ten months, I know what else goes on in that once hallowed land.
But still, here is the Pilgrimage as it once was, and next Sunday we shall again walk with Our Lady of Glastonbury and give her the honour that is her due.
Come to the Pilgrimage!