Carmelite Pilgrimage to Lourdes - 26th August 2010

Thursday 26th August
At 10 o'clock the pilgrimage celebrated Mass with the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the Grotto side of the St. Bernadette Church.

After lunch Assisted (sick) Pilgrims gathered at the statue of the Crowned Virgin to process to the Grotto as a group. Together the pilgrims from the Catholic Association passed through the Grotto in silence, touching the rock, confiding their prayers to God in the hands of Our Lady. Many went from there to light candles as a continuation of their prayer, and to fill bottles with Grotto water.

Pilgrims making their passage through the Grotto.

Assisted pilgrims then gathered around the large cross at the end of the Esplanade known as the Breton Calvary. It was surrounded by dozens of wooden crosses, left there by pilgrimages which had been reflecting on the pastoral theme of the year, "With Bernadette, let us make the sign of the cross". The cross which had been made and decorated by the Catholic Association was blessed with water from the Grotto and placed alongside the others by the children of the Helpers' Children's Programme (HCP).

The cross being blessed by Fr. John Warrington of East Anglia Diocese.

The Helpers' Children group with the pilgrimage cross.

Carmelite pilgrims then convened for their group photo.

Some members of the Carmelite group.

At 3pm pilgrims gathered under the trees adjoining the Esplanade for a Thanksgiving Service led by Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton. This was an opportunity for pilgrims to thank God for the graces received and friendships made during the week.

Bishop Peter Doyle preaching at the Thanksgiving Service.

Carmelite pilgrims Rose Aqui and Brother Tony O'Donnell
at the Thanksgiving Service.

On Thursday evening the Assisted Pilgrims in the Accueil Notre Dame and their helpers celebrated a final party on the roof terrace.

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