An age-old tradition is going digital this August Bank Holiday weekend as pilgrims around the world can walk and pray together from the comfort of their own home.
Every year for the last 10 years the Latin Mass Society (LMS) has held an annual walking Pilgrimage from Ely in Cambridgeshire to Walsingham in Norfolk over three days on August Bank Holiday weekend. This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic the Society decided rather than cancelling the event they would update it and go virtual for one year only. Using the wonders of modern technology and a variety of streaming platforms travel with LMS pilgrims from Willesden in London to Walsingham virtually.
How will it work?
After the success of the Latin Mass Society’s first Digital Conference in July, which included Live Mass from Warrington and a host of talks from people such as Fr Zuhlsdorf, Fr Tim Finigan, Bishop Schneider and a welcome message from Cardinal Nichols – this latest digital event will be bringing pilgrims together from around the world.
There is a daily schedule of streamed Masses from Willesden, Cambridge and Walsingham. There are online meditations from clergy, including Rev. Canon John Cahill, Fr Tim Finigan, Dom Bede Rowe, Dom Anselm Redman, Fr James Mawdsley and Fr Michael Rowe in Australia.
Online Rosary and prayer sessions will be live streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Zoom including an online interactive Compline on Friday and Saturday evenings. Pilgrims are invited to join in, not just online, but to get out if they are able and join the walk in their own locations each afternoon. Willesden to Walsingham is 118 miles and so the Society has asked pilgrims to pledge to walk a distance during the Pilgrimage, which can be anything from half a mile to 100 miles. They even have a Latin Mass Society Team on the Strava App which will enable pilgrims to log their daily walks.
With pilgrims signed up to the virtual pilgrimage walking and praying together, the LMS hopes to add up the total of miles walked, along with the number of decades of the Rosary said and even the number of songs sung as they pray to Our Lady of Walsingham for the conversion of England.
For more information see: www.lms.org.uk
Schedule available on YouTube & Facebook
Friday 28th August 2020
10:30am – Mass from the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden (courtesy of Fr Stephen Willis, Shrine Rector)
11am – Introductory talk about the history of Walsingham and the meaning and importance of England being ‘Our Lady’s Dowry
11:15am – Meditation from Fr John Cahill on the Meaning of Pilgrimage
11:30am – Meditation – Fr James Mawdsley FSSP
11:45am – Rosary and Reflection led by Fr Tim Finigan
12:05pm – Pilgrims’ Walk
7pm – Compline
Saturday 29th August 2020
11:45am – Live-streamed Mass from Our Lady of the Assumption & English Martyrs, Cambridge
12:30pm – Meditations on the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist from the Community of Our Lady of Glastonbury
1pm – Rosary and reflection led by Fr Tim Finigan
1:15pm – Pilgrims’ Walk
7pm – Compline
Sunday 30th August 2020
1.30pm – Sermon from Fr Bede Rowe
2pm – Live Streamed Mass from the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham
Picture: Pilgrims at Walsingham. (John Aron).