After lunch the pilgrimage celebrated a lively Mass that was organised by children. It was particularly special as it marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of The Glanfield Group which brings sick and disabled children and adults with learning difficulties to Lourdes.
The Glanfield Group gathered for the Mass organised by children.
A large congregation gathered in the Underground Basilica
for the Mass organised by children.
Carmelites among the congregation.
Vibrant music at the Mass organised by children.
Children acting out the Gospel
Children in fancy dress holding the water containers for the bishops.
Bishop Peter Doyle sprinkling the pilgrims with water
The sprinkling is both spiritually symbolic and good fun for the children
(and the young at heart)
Members of the Glanfield Group singing and gesturing "Here I Am Lord"
A number of helpers from the Glanfield Group sang the John Rutter anthem
'The Lord bless you and keep you'
Children leading the bidding prayers.
Pilgrims reaching out in prayer.
Children and adults sharing the sign of peace.
Children and the young-at-heart united in prayer.
The Mass ended with a rendition of the popular children's hymn "Rise and Shine"
The Glanfield Group party.
Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm., at the Glanfield Group party with fellow Carmelite pilgrims, in discussion with a Canadian PhD student who is researching modern-day pilgrimage.
Carmelite group pilgrimage director Johan Bergström-Allen
with Glanfield Group stalwart Errol Bracken.
A chance to relax at a temporary cinema!
The Carmelite group party.
Many friends of the Carmelites from the wider pilgrimage joined the celebration.
Carmelite group assisted pilgrims and helpers relaxing together at the party.
Carmelite Brothers Ged Walsh (left) and Tony O'Donnell
relaxing after a full day's work serving pilgrims.
Carmelite group young helper Megan Allen
chatting at the party with Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton Diocese.
The Carmelite Prior Provincial, Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, spoke at the party of how glad he is that the Carmelites are in partnership with the Catholic Association and thanked all those who make the pilgrimage possible.
Fr. Wilfrid congratulated Brother Ged Walsh on his institution
as an acolyte during the pilgrimage.
Carmelite group young helpers Sophie Morgan and Megan Allen
at the party with Lay Carmelite Charmaine Jayasuriya.
Carmelite group members Jean Saunders (left) and Charlie Thermos. Jean had travelled from Ireland to take part in the pilgrimage, and Charlie from Australia.
Mary Okeke (right) and Joan Agba (centre) are volunteers from the Carmelite-served parish of English Martyrs in the London borough of Walworth.
Photography: Johan Bergström-Allen, T.O.C.; Photo Lacaze