Chartres

Chartres
British Pilgrims entering the Cathedral at Chartres

Monday, 22 February 2021

Time to Pray!

Dear Friends and Pilgrims,

It is very difficult for us to know whether it will be possible to undertake, in its Traditional Form, the Pilgrimage to Chartres this year.  We are, of course, ready to go should travel restrictions be lifted on time.  

We have been asked, by Notre Dame de Chretiente, organisers of the Pilgrimage, to pray to Saint Joseph for this intention. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of difficult causes. Saint Joseph embodies the strength which we need. We appeal to him with confidence and especially at this time since the year 2021 has been consecrated to him by the Holy Father. This fervent and confident prayer will not prevent NDC from continuing to work on the preparation of the pilgrimage to adapt to all situations.

Pray every evening, in family and in the form of a novena, this prayer by asking Saint Joseph to intercede so that the 2021 pilgrimage takes place.

O you who have never been invoked in vain,
you who are so powerful with God that we have been able to say
"in Heaven, Joseph commands rather than begs",
tender father, pray for us to Jesus.
Be our advocate with this divine Son of
whom you have been here below the foster father and the faithful protector.
Add to all your glories that of winning the difficult cause that we entrust to you.
We believe, yes we believe that you can grant our request
by delivering us from the sorrows which overwhelm us.
We have the firm confidence that you will leave no stone unturned
on behalf of the afflicted who cry out to you.
We beseech you, O good Joseph, have mercy on our tears and our groans.
Cover us with the mantle of your mercies and bless us.
Amen

Notre-Dame de Paris, pray for us,

Our Lady of Chartres, pray for us,

Our Lady of Holy Hope, convert us.


Sunday, 7 June 2020

Hats off to Fr. Byrne!


Big thanks to Fr Byrne who provided meditations for all 21 topics for this year's Pilgrimage!  Doing the Pilgrimage would have been a lot easier!  The first set of topics (Saturday and Sunday) can be found here.   Monday's talks can be found here

Thursday, 4 June 2020

RELIVING THE PILGRIMAGE

Dear Pilgrims,

We hope you were able to listen to all of the fantastic meditations given by our dedicated priests. Now that the Pilgrimage is over, you may want to revisit these meditations at a gentler pace and reflect more deeply. If so, I provide links to the various sites used by our contributors to make it easier for you to do this conveniently. Our own site contains the talks by Fr. Faustinus and the Plan of Life talk by Fr. Withoos.  The talk on the Consecration to Our Lady by Fr. Philomeno can be found here. Talks by the Institute of Christ the King priests in New Brighton can be found here.  Talks by Fr. Gerard Byrne are located here.  Finally, talks organised by the Irish Chapter, including the priests of the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick can be found here.  Happy reading!  I am sure you will join me in thanking these priests and laity for this Herculean task.