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LMS revives old tradition

The Latin Mass Society organises a walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham

By on Thursday, 19 August 2010

Dr Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society, with a banner of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Paris to Chartres walking pilgrimage in May this year

Dr Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society, with a banner of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Paris to Chartres walking pilgrimage in May this year

The Latin Mass Society (LMS) is organising a walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham from August 20 to August 22.

There is a noble tradition of walking pilgrimages to the shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham which the LMS wishes to revive. The pilgrimage is inspired by the great Paris to Chartres traditional annual walking pilgrimage which attracts thousands of young participants.

The LMS pilgrims will leave Ely on Friday, August 20 after a 7am blessing in Ely Cathedral. Accommodation will be in tents.

There will be daily Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite concluding with a Traditional Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at Walsingham at 2.30pm on Sunday, August 22. This will be open to all.

The pilgrimage will be restricted to adults for this year while any practical problems are ironed out. It is hoped it will be much larger next year.

Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS chairman, said: “I am very excited by this pilgrimage. It’s the sort of practical and challenging devotion which young people in particular find of great benefit. This is just one of the evangelical activities by which the LMS is responding to Pope Benedict’s call for a fresh presentation of the Faith in Europe.”

For registration and full details potential pilgrims should email the organiser, Paul Smeaton, at paulsmeaton@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively, telephone the LMS office on 020 7404 7284.