Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage, Part 1


From Friday to last Sunday 60 pilgrims walked the 55 miles or so from Ely to Walsingham, assisted by about 20 volunteers. It is impossible to convey the experience of this kind of pilgrimage, but I have at least a few photographs of it. In this post I'm looking at the first half of it.


We gather on the Thursday evening for a meal together, before the very early start on Friday morning: Mass is at 6:15am, in the Catholic parish church of St Ethelreda's. It is nevertheless a High Mass, with deacon and subdeacon, and a schola led by Matthew Schellhorn, composed of walking pilgrims. Mass was celebrated by our Chaplain, Fr John Cahill, assisted by the newly ordained Canon Altiere ICKSP (deacon) and Alex Stewart, a seminarian of the FSSP. After breakfast, Fr Cahill gave us the traditional Blessing of Scrips and Staves, and of the pilgrims themselves, in the church.


We then went to Ely Cathedral. We prayed for the healing of schism, and looked around the places where the medieval pilgrims would have gathered, before setting off into the countryside.


There's no hiding the Catholic past of the ancient cathedrals of England. Above is a superb gothic chantry chapel. No Masses for the dead have been said there for some time, alas.


Much of the first day we walk along a path next to the Great Ouse. We prayed the Rosary, we sang, we heard meditations from our priests, and we walked more than 20 miles.


On the second day, we walked for a hour or so before breakfast in order to get to Oxburgh Hall, where the Bedingfeld family very kindly let us use their historic private chapel. Having served local Catholics for centuries after the Protestant Revolt in secret chapels in the house, they eventually were able to build a neat little church in the grounds, with a wonderful medieval German reredos. Canon Altiere was the celebrant.


After Mass Canon Altiere gave us all his 'first blessings' as a newly ordained priest.

To be continued.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tyburn Walk 2014: Sunday, 31 August

The Tyburn Walk, originally organised by the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, was the annual commemoration of the Catholic martyrs who were executed in London during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The walk followed the route that was travelled by the martyrs from the Old Bailey (site of the former Newgate Gaol) to where they were executed near Tyburn Convent, Marble Arch. It first started in 1910 and is a solemn commemoration
of those who died for the Catholic Faith.

This year the Latin Mass Society has organised the walk, on Sunday 31 August, which follows the traditional route, starting from St Sepulchre's Church in the City (opposite the Old Bailey), moving via Soho Square, where Mass will be offered, on to Oxford Street finishing at Tyburn Convent on the Bayswater Road just beyond the end of Edgware Road where there will be Benediction. The starting time will be 2.30pm and it is expected to reach Tyburn between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Photos of Papa Stronsay


At long last I've made it up to the Orkneys to see the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer in their island monastery. I'll blog about it properly when I get back from the Walsingham Pilgrimage, but you can look at my photos here.


In the mean time I will attempt some live blogging from the pilgrimage. The signal is pretty limited in Norfolk, however, so no promises.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The LMS is joining the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome in October!

Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Pell each to celebrate Old Rite Masses during this year's Pilgrimage

Cardinal Pell has agreed to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form on 24 October and Cardinal Burke has committed to celebrate in the Old Rite on 25 October. Both these Masses will form part of this year's pilgrimage.

Organised by an international group of friends of the Traditional Latin Mass (The Cœtus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum), this annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome is at the same time an act of gratitiude to the Holy See for the landmark recognition in 2007 of the legitimate legal, moral and pastoral status of the Old Rite, and also a reminder that the Traditional Mass is here to stay and has so much more to offering restoring the Faith in the wider Church.

There will be members of the faithful attending from around the globe. The Latin Mass Society has decided to organise travel and accommodation to anyone from England and Wales who wishes to attend what promises to be a spectacular and inspiring few days in the Eternal City.

The LMS package includes:
Air flights to and from Rome Fumicino airport from London Gatwick
Coach transfer between the airport and hotel
Four nights' accommodation in a hotel close to the Vatican (bed, breakfast and 3-course evening meal)
Inclusive day-trip by coach to Norcia, home of St Benedict and now home also to a community of Traditional Benedictines.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Young Catholic Adults annual retreat: Douai Abbey in September

High Mass  of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Young Catholic Adults 2012

Douai Abbey 19th-21th September 2014

Guest Speakers - John Pridmore, Fr. Gregory Pearson OP, Fr. Matthew Goddard FSSP

There will be:-
Sung/High Masses
Marian Procession

Cottages (student style dormitory accommodation) £18 per person per night (incl. food).

Guest House (mostly single rooms - hotel style accommodation) £60 per person per night (incl. food).

Day Guests. For those wishing to come for the day on Saturday or Sunday - please bring a packed lunch. It will not be possible to provide food in the Guest Refectory for people coming for the day.

-Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e. 29th August 2014.

How to book

For more details, please see:-

Or use the online booking system at:

Young Catholic Adults Marian Procession 2012

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Monday, August 18, 2014

LMS Pilgrimage to Glastonbury in September

Ruins of Glastonbury Abbey

 There will be a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form 

  Monday, 8th September 
at 11:00 am 
at Our Lady St Mary of Glastonbury 

Magdalene Street, 
BA6 9EJ 

The Celebrant will be Fr Bede Rowe 

All are welcome.

Tea and coffee will be available afterwards in the Church Hall, please bring a packed lunch.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

London Requiem for Fr Charles-Roux

The much-loved and eccentric Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a member of the Rosminian Order and a great supporter of the Traditional Mass, died last week in Rome.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for him on the 30th day after his death:

in St James' Spanish Place,

on Tuesday 9th September at 7pm.

It would have been nice to have it at St Ethelreda's Ely Place, where he ministered for many years, but we were not granted permission for this.

Apreciations of his life can be found here:

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith in The Catholic Herald,
Damian Thompson in the Spectator.

May he rest in peace.

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