Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ocean to Ocean comes to England 5th Nov

Those readers who read James Preece, John Smeaton or various others will know about this extraordinary pro-life initiative: a world-girdling pilgrimage with a huge icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa: to whit, 18,000 miles from Vladivostok across Russia and Europe to Fatima. Devotion to Our Lady under this title is common to Orthodox and Catholic in central Europe and Russia, so this is an ecumenical venture. Unlike conventional ecumenism, based on the lowest common denominator (don't mention the saints! don't mention Mary! don't mention the English martyrs! keep religious art out of it!) this is based on something highly distinctive, important, and true, which Catholics have in common with the Orthodox, who are displaying great energy and resourcefulness in combating a problem which we have here, but which is in fact even worse in post-Soviet Russia: abortion and the destruction of the family.

The icon has now been through Russia and Poland, and is heading this way: it arrives in Great Britain.

She will be here very soon - look at the itinerary and decide where you will meet with her to entrust marriage and the family to the Mother of God.

Date Location
Mon 05, Dover, Canterbury, London (Westminster Cathedral)
Tue 06  London (Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Chiswick)
Wed 07  Walsingham, National Shrine of Our Lady
Fri 09  Birmingham, St Chad’s Cathedral
Sat 10  Manchester (St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe)
Mon 12  Edinburgh, Cathedral
Tue 13  Carfin, National Shrine to our Blessed Lady
Wed 14  Glasgow, St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Fri 16  Icon Departs for Ireland

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