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Monday 11th May 2020 - Friday 15th May 2020

Time: 4 days

Pilgrimage to Walsinqham 2020

Venue Walshingham

Ticket Price: TBA

Pilgrimage to Walsinqham 2020 

We are planning a Mumbles Ministry Area Pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham from the 11th to 15th May 2020. We have provisionally booked the accommodation and are looking around the three parishes to see how many would be interested in joining us in a year's time.
The Shrine was recently voted the nation's favourite spiritual place by Radio 4 listeners.
Known for centuries as "England's Nazareth", it stands on the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a noble woman, Richeldis, in 1061. She was given a vision of the holy house where Mary had been visited by the Archangel Gabriel and was asked to build a replica on the site. A Priory was established and Walsingham became a popular place of pilgrimage, ranking alongside Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago de Compostella until it was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII in 1538. The famous statue of our Lady of Walsingham was later burnt at Chelsea.
The shrine fell into ruin until the early part of the last century, when Fr Alfred Hope Fatten, Vicar of Walsingham, created a new statue based on the image on the seal of the medieval priory in 1922 [photo below right]. It was originally placed in the parish Church and pilgrims began to gather there. Then in 1931, a new Holy House was built in a small pilgrimage church and the statue translated there with great solemnity. In 1938 the church was enlarged to form the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Accommodation is of a high standard, with en-suite facilities. Ai 1
There will also be full board, with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided
in the cost. There is a proposed trip to either Norwich or Sandringham and there are lots of things to do and see in and around the village, including a steam train to Wells-next-the-Sea a few miles away.
Services include a daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Stations of the Cross [in the gardens], and Shrine Prayer at the Holy House and a healing service at the Holy Well.
We estimate that the cost will be between £300 - £350 for the four night stay [if we have enough numbers].
At the moment we are looking for numbers of those who would be interested in joining the pilgrimage. If you are, please sign the list at the back of Church.

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