There exists a Cell of O.L.W. at St Peter’s. The cell is open to all, but principally to members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham. Times of Cell meetings will be published here and on the Events page.
Next Cell Meeting 5th May 4pm. May Devotions, speaker Joan Whyman.
Rosary at Home date and venue to be announced. Contact Fr Mike
**Rosary at Home: a group who will pray the Rosary together in each other’s homes once a month. The Rosary has been described as the Gospel in beads-going through the major events of the life of Jesus. Details from Fr Mike.
A printed bulletin will be available in church about the pilgrimage and associated activities.
Pilgrimage to England’s Nazareth, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, has played an important part in the development of the spiritual life of St Peter’s. Through the pilgrimage people have come to understand the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the divine plan for the restoration of the creation by the birth, or incarnation of Christ, his life, death and resurrection. Without Our Lady saying “Yes” to the angel Gabriel, the Christ child would not have been born at God’s chosen time, ”the appropriate time”, as Saint Paul calls it, according to the Father’s design for the redemption of his creation.
The vision of the pious lady of the manor of Walsingham Parva, Richeldis de Faverches, gave rise to the second most visited shrine of holy occurrences in mediaeval Europe, after Rome, until the martyrdom of St Thomas of Canterbury 100 years later. Walsingham drew pilgrims from all over Europe, especially those who would not be capable of visiting the Holy Land; they could visit Nazareth in north Norfolk, where Our Lady asked Richeldis to build a replica of the Holy House. The House stood until 1538 when Prior Nicholas Mileham was cruelly butchered at the orders of Thomas Cromwell’s commissioners. The Canons were dispersed and the shrine despoiled. Revival for the Church of England took place via the vision of Fr Alfred Hope Patten, vicar of the parish in the 1920′s. A new shrine was constructed and the Holy House restored. Since then the shrine has offered a place of prayer, intercession, healing and vision for countless pilgrims, among whom feature many of the people of St Peter’s Crabbs Cross. Many describe their visit to the Holy House as a kind of homecoming-a place of security, warmth and peace.
Pilgrimage has many elements: journey with others, the centrality of the Mass, but also receiving water at Walsingham’s well, anointing, intercession at Our Lady’s feet, the opportunity of the sacrament of reconciliation and quiet prayer time as well as fun, getting to know fellow parishioners in a way not always possible in the usual run of parish life.
St Peter’s makes a pilgrimage every year which has had profound effects in the spiritual development of worshippers at St Peter’s. The rector discovered the beginnings of his vocation to the priesthood at Walsingham and has been a Priest Associate of the Holy House for 30 years. When we have young people ready to make their first Holy Communion, we often try to take them to Walsingham for a couple of days to soak up the Spirit in that wonderful holy place.
More details can be found at www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk ; You Tube has snippets of Youth Pilgrimages. News of this year’s pilgrimage will appear on the Youth page soon.