Friday, October 30, 2009

A Pilgrimage in Australia Inspired by the Chartres Pilgrimage of Pentecost in France

From a reader:

The XIXth Pilgrimage in honour of Christ the King was held in country Victoria, Australia last weekend. Inspired by Paris-Chartres, the Ballarat to Bendigo pilgrimage covers over 100km in 3 days from St Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo.

It is a notable event in the Australian calendar with over 350 walking and almost 500 in attendance for the final Solemn Mass.

Mass was celebrated each day in the Extraordinary Form. The Mass on the Saturday was celebrated in the presence of the Icon Sedes Sapientiae, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, which was handed over in Rome to Australian students late last year and has been on tour around the country.

For the first time there was a portable chapel for the many priests to celebrate private mass along the route. Dubbed the 'Lone Star Oratory' for the brand of horse trailer from which it was converted, it served as both sacristy and chapel.

They provided some photos of the various liturgical events to the NLM. (As well, a video may be seen which summarizes the pilgrimage. Please note, this page will open an initial video. By clicking on links such as "Day One", you will see other video presentations.)

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