The Welsh National Pilgrimage set off from Cardiff to Lourdes from 23rd-28th July with just shy of 150 pilgrims ready to embrace the week centred around the Pastoral theme, “The Almighty has done great things for me.”
A full religious programme was followed including Grotto Mass, which we shared with the Diocese of Lancaster, penitential service and Stations of the Cross led by our Deacons, a visit to the Baths and a beautifully reflective and peaceful water ceremony.
The mass of anointing was particularly poignant as Canon Evans asked us to question, “are we pilgrims or tourists?” urging us to embrace the message of Our Lady as we received and shared the sacrament of healing.
A welcome addition to our programme this year included an afternoon social in which pilgrims came together to enjoy some light refreshments, each other’s company and entertainment from the youth helpers. An afternoon of laughter and joy was shared by all. It was clear to see that The Welsh National really does have talent!
The introduction of catechises sessions enabled us to reflect upon this year’s Pilgrimage theme and then latterly upon the foundations of our faith, which we all too often take for granted.
The pilgrimage candle, upon which the names of every pilgrim were attached, represented our prayer intentions. The candle was led in procession along with our pilgrimage petitions after our last Mass on Friday 28th. It really was a Pilgrimage which embodied the fact that the Almighty HAS done great things for me.
Keep looking out for further information on the web site www.welshnationalpilgrimage.uk and for details coming soon of the Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2018!