British Pilgrims entering the Cathedral at Chartres

Friday, 29 May 2020

The Pilgrimage Begins!

Our Pilgrimage this year is, we hope, unique!  As we cannot travel to France and the usual walking Pilgrimage will not, in any case, take place; we bring you the Pilgrimage (in Spirit and in Truth) via various electronic means.  The Pilgrimage will start, as last year, with Mass in St. Sulpice, Paris.  As Churches are now open in France, pilgrims will attend and we therefore look forward to a fine send off.  John Daulton, an Englishman trapped in France, will represent us.  The Mass will be live streamed at 9 am (BST) on the NDC website.

Following the Mass, at 10:45 am, there will be a general presentation of the theme of this year's Pilgrimage: "Holy Angels, Defend us in Battle."  This will be available on the website of the Irish Chapter of St. Patrick.  At 11 am, we will post the first meditation from Canon Montjean of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on "Who are the Angels?"  The good Father Gerard Byrne has also done a talk on his Parish website. Following this, there will be a video of Fr Serafino Lanzetta, Superior of the Marian Friars of Gosport speaking about the Importance of the holy Rosary.  At 1 pm, Canon Monjean will provide a talk on today's patron, St. Michael Archangel and a talk on the Traditional Mass, the Heart of our Pilgrimage will be available on the Irish website.  At 3 PM, we will post a sermon given by Fr George Roth (Marian Friars of Gosport) on "The Joy of a Good Confession".  At 4 pm, a talk on "Conversion, the First Step of Returning to God" will be available on the Irish website; and at 5 pm a talk on Tradition will be available on the same website.  The Regina Caeli will be posted here at 6 pm.

At 7:30 pm, the Scouts of Riaumont will organise what is called a "Vielle" which involves a bonfire and an historical play (lots of drums).  Usually, the English pilgrims to Chartres miss this as they are soundly asleep in their tents, so this is a great opportunity to see what we have been missing! This is available on the NDC website.   

It's just like the real Pilgrimage -- no opportunity to draw breath!  Obviously, with multiple websites and priests who are not very used to the technology (not to mention my interference!), there could be a few technical blips!  Please have patience (an excellent virtue)! 

We wish you Bon Pelerinage!

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