Sunday, 9 March 2008

Another pilgrimage of grace

I would like to give you advance notice of another pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Martyrs which is going to take place in York on Sunday 27th April.
This pilgrimage is being organised to remember the 40 years of the Abortion Law in the UK, and also to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the great teaching on marriage, Humanae Vitae.
The pilgrimage will start at 1.00pm at St Wilfred's church, opposite the west-front of the Minster, processing past the Guildhall where St Margaret Clitherow was condemned for harbouring priests. Then on to the Ousebridge where she was pressed to death, and where flowers will be dropped in the river. The procession will then lead past the Bar Convent, which keeps the relic of her hand (pictured) and so on to the site of the Tyburn on the Knavesmire where Mass will be celebrated at about 3.00pm. It was here that so many priests were hung, drawn and quartered, including St Henry Walpole SJ in 1597 and St Nicholas Postgate in 1685.
This will be an extraordinary opportunity to ask our very powerful Martyrs for their intercession, for the conversion and evangelisation of our country and its culture.

1 comment:

bernadette said...

Not directly related, Fr Richard, but EWTN are showing the Pope's celebration of the Sacrament of Penance with the young people of Rome, this Thursday 13th. Can be watched online or downlowded as a podcast. Schedule lists Eastern time showings as 12.00 and 10.30pm... I think that makes GMT time 5.30pm.. if anyone knows different..

I think this will be a spring-board to look ahead to World Youth Day later in the year, as well as giving us all a bit of encouragement to get to confession.