The Glastonbury Pilgrimage in 2019 will be on Sunday 14th July.
The first pilgrimage to Glastonbury in modern times was in 1895 to celebrate the beatification of Abbot Richard Whiting, on the anniversary of his martyrdom 1539 when thousands of pilgrims from all over the country arrived by train and climbed the Tor where Mass was said. Pilgrimages took place after both World Wars by pilgrims in thanksgiving for their survival.
Every year since the early 1950’s the Clifton Diocesan Glastonbury Pilgrimage has been held in Glastonbury, when the then Bishop of Clifton requested the Knights of St Columba to organize and run a diocesan pilgrimage. For many years groups from each of the Deaneries walked to Glastonbury carrying a very large wooden cross.
In this first podcast in the series, we hear from Parishioner David Baldwin who has written many books on Pigrimage, and he explains why Pilgrimage is so important to our faith:
In the second podcast in the series, we hear from Kim Woolmer, the Lay Administrator and Shrine Manager at The Shrine of our Lady of Glastonbury. She explains the chequered history of the Shrine and how it is now an important pilgrimage site.
2017 Glastonbury Pilgrimage:
In 2017, more than 1,000 people from all around the Diocese took part in the annual Glastonbury Pilgrimage on Sunday 10 July. This year’s theme was ‘Mary, Mother of Divine Hope’ and in his Homily, Bishop Declan told us how we are all a Pilgrim People, a Journeying People.
You can see the pictures and hear the Homily below.