Every year, hundreds of pilgrims made their way to Harvington Hall in Worcestershire for the annual pilgrimage to commemorate the English martyrs, led by Bishop David McGough.
This year, sadly, the pilgrimage must take place online, and will be aired on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website and Facebook page at 3pm, Sunday 6th September.
Mass will be held by Mgr John Moran in the Hall’s chapel – a unique room with an historic hide, which would have been used to conceal any evidence of Mass in the event of a house search.
The Elizabethan moated manor is a demonstration of the ingenuity of master builder St Nicholas Owen, whose priest hides helped to protect clergy in a time when it was high treason for a Catholic priest to be in England. It has the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country.
Harvington Hall contains several priest hides by St Nicholas Owen and remained a Catholic household throughout the Reformation.
It was bought for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1923, when it was almost derelict.
St Nicholas was tortured for his secrets, but he never gave them up and was tortured to death in the Tower of London in 1606.
Harvington Hall is currently closed for essential restoration work, which has been delayed by the pandemic.
Donations can be made to support the Hall’s fundraising campaign and to protect it as a valuable record of recusant Catholic history.
More at https://investmycommunity.com/harvingtonhallarchdioceseofbirmingham2172 and www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk
Picture: Harvington Hall. (Archdiocese of Birmingham).