Monday, 8 August 2011

A small pilgrimage but with a lot of spirit!

Yesterday, Sunday 7th August saw the Annual LMS Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Wales, Our Lady of the Taper in Cardigan.

Commencing with the Angelus at 12 noon there followed an hour's meditation in front of the statue of Our Lady before lunch in the Church hall.
Confessions followed at 2.30pm and then a Sung Mass with the ever wise Mgr Johnson as celebrant, Steffano Mazzeo as MC and Seamus, Corey and Jeff Pillar as altar servers.

The Newcastle Emlyn Schola sang like angels and all left the church on a spiritual high.
After a brief break for refreshments the pilgrims returned to the church for Benediction celebrated by Deacon Jim Caddick and some rousing hymns to Our Lady.

Benediction with Deacon Jim Caddick

Now, as far as numbers are concerned only 35 souls attended but in the case of a pilgrimage, numbers should not matter too much; it is the spiritual strength and renewal that is all important (although, it would be very good to see this very important occasion at least level pegging with the Holywell Pilgrimage held each July).
Very good to meet up again with the LMS General Manager, Michael Lord who travelled down specially for the day and thanks must also go to the LMS representative for Menevia, Luigi Dimaio. 

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