Diocesan Pilgrimage to Glastonbury: Sunday 10th July

We are pleased to confirm that, following a two year absence due to Covid, the Annual Pilgrimage to Glastonbury, led by Bishop Declan, is taking place again this year on the second Sunday in July; Sunday 10th July 2022. The theme of this year’s pilgrimage is ‘Mary, Queen of Peace’.

Once again this year, from 12 noon until 3.00pm, the Shrine Church will become a chapel of Exposition and Silent Adoration, providing a quiet and more contemplative environment immediately opposite the Abbey grounds.

Also from 12 noon until 3.00pm the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Private Healing Prayer will be offered in two separate tented chapels, which will be erected immediately inside the Abbey gates, close to the church.

The Rosary procession will, start in the Abbey grounds at 2.15pm, and the pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Declan at 3.30pm

Glastonbury Pilgrimage:

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.