All Saints has a long tradition of pilgrimage, both of individuals and parish groups. The two major pilgrimages organised and run within the North Cheltenham Team, or the parish are; the North Cheltenham Team Ministry Pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (usually on the weekend of the first May Bank Holiday); and the parish organised day visit to the Glastonbury Pilgrimage (usually a Saturday in early July). There are a number of other pilgrimages under taken by smaller groups from within the parish and team at other times as well.
NCTM Pilgrimage to Walsingham.
A coach transports the team pilgrims to Walsingham from All Saints (where cars can be parked), setting off on Friday morning, and stopping for a pub lunch in Northamptonshire. Those pilgrims who are unable to travel on the coach due to work commitments travel by car, and join the group late on Friday evening. The pilgrims spend the whole weekend at the shrine, departing Monday mid morning for Cheltenham, and again stopping for lunch on route.
During the weekend, as well as joining the various activities organised by the Shrine, such as procession of Our Lady, Benediction, Shrine Prayers, and Sprinkling; the group also runs its own activities. The group’s activities include, a first visit to the Holy House with Mass, a short Bible Study, stations of the Cross, and Rosary with intercessions. Many group members will attend the Sunday Mass at the parish church in Walsingham on Sunday morning. There is also time for people to go walking in the Norfolk countryside, visit Wells next to Sea and the beach, or one of the local historical sites.
A coach is organised to transport pilgrims from All Saints (where cars can be parked), the coach usually leaves about 9.00 am, and stops on its way at St Stephen’s Church, to collect pilgrims from that parish who usually share in the pilgrimage.
The group usually arrives with enough time for some refreshments, before the Noon Mass in the Abbey Ruins, which is followed by a lunch break (pilgrims tend to bring packed lunches, but there are various lunch opportunities in Glastonbury town). After lunch the group assembles for the procession, from the High Street into the Abbey grounds, in which banners are carried. On arrival in the Abbey ruins a service of Benediction is held. After this moving and powerful act of worship, there is time for tea, before being picked up by our coach for the return journey to Cheltenham, first stopping at St Stephen’s, before returning to our cars at All Saints.
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If you have never taken part in a pilgrimage, joining either of these organised groups is a good way to start. The weekend residential pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady, being the one which provides the most scope to experience pilgrimage in all its richness. On both of these organised pilgrimages, individuals are free to participate in as much or as little of the various activities as they choose.
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