Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Twelfth Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration

For those of you who were quite intrigued and inspired by the Chartres pilgrimage (and why wouldn't you be?) but who can't get to France, you may be interested to know about the Twelfth Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration which takes place in New York state.

This particular pilgrimage is also modelled around the classical Roman rite and modelled after Chartres. Like Chartres, it is 3 days long, though there is also an abbreviated version.

It takes place from September 26 - 29 which puts it close to another event, the SCL liturgical conference featuring Dr. Alcuin Reid. Those thinking of going to that could easily combine both events since they are occuring within the same week, though not overlapping, and in the same general vicinity.

From their website:

"Invoking the intercession of America's saints and martyrs, we desire that the Catholic Faith restore every dimension of our lives: our hearts, families, workplaces, parishes, neighborhoods, cities, dioceses, the American nations.

"The pilgrimage is an exercise of penance and prayer, of contradiction and restoration, having both a personal and social character. Modeled on the annual Pentecost pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, France, we embrace the traditional doctrine & practice of Holy Church, with all its demands.

"A special intention of the pilgrimage is the restoration of the Catholic family and the Latin litugical tradition. We hope thereby to show our attachment to the Church's Tradition and the riches it contains, not with the intention of reverting to some by-gone era, but rather of drawing benefits from the ancient sources and putting them to work in the world today."

The itinerary will show you further details and they also provide a liturgical schedule.

More information is available on their website. I've never personally experienced it, but anything trying to model itself off Chartres is certainly off to a good start. Anyone who has experienced it, or who has pictures to share from previous years, please do so.

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