On Saturday 8th July 2017, thirty Lay Carmelites gathered with the Prior Provincial of the Carmelite Friars at South Queensferry near Edinburgh, Scotland, for the the Order's fortieth pilgrimage of recent times.
The Priory Church at South Queensferry
The Church of St. Mary of Carmel was the site of a Carmelite friary since the early 14th Century, and the present-day church dates from the 1440s. It was established by the Order to offer hospitality to pilgrims using the ferry established by St. Margaret of Scotland on their way to the First Apostle's shrine at St. Andrew's. The friary was dissolved during the Scottish Reformation, and The Priory Church is now in the care of the Scottish Episcopal Church, who in a spirit of ecumenism for the last four decades have welcomed the pilgrimage organised by the Glasgow Lay Carmelite Community.
Interior of the Priory Church
The Prior Provincial, Fr. Kevin Alban, O.Carm., celebrated Mass in anticipation of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One of the Lay Carmelite pilgrims made his initial commitment as a member of the Third Order of Carmel in the form of promises to live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ according to the principles of Carmelite spirituality.
Fr. Kevin (third from right) with Lay Carmelite pilgrims.