Saturday, 21 July 2018

Our Lady of Montligeon

On the evening of 1st November 1876, August Buguet, a local bell-ringer, the brother of a young priest, was crushed to death by a falling bell. Soon afterwards, the priest’s two young nieces, aged just 12 and 16, also tragically died. In his prayers and in his meditations, Fr Buguet was disturbed by these deaths, and knew that God was calling him to do something about it. He was worried, not only for his own dearly beloved who have died, but also for those who had no one to pray for them. He said “One consequence that can be drawn from my meditations, is the necessity to relieve the souls in Purgatory. I have delayed too long in organising the Work that I had planned. I must work to deliver these souls.”

He was posted to La Chapelle-Montligeon and founded an association for the souls in purgatory, for whom no one else prays. The parish was very poor, with little work, “I was trying to reconcile a double goal: to have people pray for neglected souls, and, at the same time, to obtain through these souls the means by which the worker could make a decent living.” As well as finding other work for the people of his parish, he set them to building a great basilica to Our Lady - a basilica dedicated to the relief of the souls in purgatory.

By the time of his death in 1918, the Basilica of Our Lady of Montligeon was well known as a place to intercede for the dead, and received countless thousands of pilgrims.

Of course we do not need our own purgatorial book. It is a holy and right thing to pray for the dead, and the greatest prayer we have is the Holy Mass. If you want Mass offered for anyone the just ask your priest.

Our Lady, when she appears to or inspires us in different places and in different times always points to her Son, and always with a Mother’s love. With what love our Heavenly Mother seeks to comfort us in our distress and sooth our troubled hearts.

Our Lady of Montligeon, pray for the souls in purgatory
Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury, pray for us.

Friday, 20 July 2018


Since Pentecost, we have celebrated many feasts on Sundays. This means that the liturgical colours that we have seen have reflected the feast. The Church links colours with period of the Church’s year, or particular feasts. As we are firmly back in normal time, we will see green again for a while. The colours, and thus the vestments, that the Priest wears is not a personal choice. Of course he may choose this or that chasuble, but he cannot decide to wear red on a green day, or black in place of white. So what are the colours, and what do they mean?

Green: this colour is the default. It is the colour used for what is often called ‘Ordinary Time’. Actually the official name is ‘per annum’ or ‘through the year’. It is the colour of nature, when nothing is out of the ordinary. So if no particular feast is celebrated, or we do not find ourselves in a specific liturgical season, then the colour used is green.

White: this colour covers both silver and gold. White is used during the Christmas and Easter seasons. They are times of rejoicing, and white reflects that. It is also used for the celebration of the feasts of the Lord (such as Christ the King, or the Sacred Heart), feasts of Our Lady, feasts of the Angels, and feasts of the saints.

Red: feasts of the Holy Spirit, such as Pentecost, are celebrated in Red. This reflects the tongues of flame which descended on the Apostles at Pentecost. It is also used for saints who shed their blood for Christ. These are the Martyrs and red is used to remind us of their blood which was spilled in defence of the faith. If a saint is a martyr, then red is used as opposed to white.

Purple: this is used for the two great seasons of Advent (before Christmas) and Lent (before Easter). It reflects the penitential nature of the two seasons. Originally Advent was a lesser fasting period than Lent. Although Advent is different now, with few people fasting, the colour remains the same.

Rose: is used on two Sundays, the third Sunday of Advent and the fourth Sunday of Lent. These were days when the fasting of the two seasons was lessened, and to reflect this, a different colour was used.

Black: this colour is used for funerals, and Masses of the dead, such as All Souls day. In the new rite of Mass, the priest can also use purple or white for funerals.

Our worship of God comes through signs and symbols. It is through sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. The colours at Mass help us to focus on the season, or the feast which is being celebrated.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

More Pilgrimage Pictures

Photo taken by (c) Phil Gibbon - source the Clifton Diocesan Website
The Diocesan website has more pictures of the Pilgrimage, and a little account. Go over and see! Link here.

Monday, 9 July 2018

My Bishop and I...

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.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

The Pilgrimage Timetable

In the Shrine:
11.30am Rosary
12.00pm Silent Adoration
3.00pm Benediction

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

She invites you...

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

Me and the Chancellor

We both look fab. You can see who he is here. His name is Sir Thomas Allen.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Movietone Glastonbury Pilgrimage

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!

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