The Portal April 2017 - Page 12

THE P RTAL April 2017 Page 12 Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust Biennial Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham Ronald Crane at Walsingham E ach year this excellent organisation goes on pilgrimage to a Marian site. Every second year it is a four day residential event at Walsingham; in other years it is a day pilgrimage to another Marian pilgrimage site. Supported by The Ecumenical Society of the BVM, The Catholic League, The Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius and The Society of St John Chrysostom, sixty people gathered in this Norfolk village. All the holy sites at Walsingham are visited, and we began in the Anglican Shrine with a warm welcome from the newly appointed Priest Administrator, Fr Kevin Smith. This was followed by an illustrated talk written by Dr Sarah Jane Boss about Mary and Deification. Dr Boss was poorly and her talk was read by Fr Mark Woodruff. Later that same day we went to the beautiful Walsingham Methodist Church where the local Methodist congregation together with their Minister, The Revd Jenny Pathmarajah, were on hand to join us for Holy Communion. The Celebrant and Preacher was The Revd Sam Harris of the Church of Scotland. His sermon on “Mary Welcomes Us” was as inspirational as it was interesting. on Martin Luther, Vladimir Lossky and the centenary of Fatima. The day ended with a wonderful concert of unaccompanied choral music by the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars of Norwich Cathedral. Dr Margaret Barker gave two talks about Temple Theology, Canon Jeremy Haselock spoke about the life and theology of Roger Greenacre and Bishop Norman Banks led us in the Mater Dolorosa. Mass was celebrated at the Chapel of the Reconciliation and Prebendary Norman Wallwork told us about Neville Ward. Abouna Peter Farrington spoke about the Marian Hymns of St Severus before Benediction in the Catholic Parish Church Canon Jeremy Haselock of the Annunciation. In the evening of the third day we celebrated the Akathist Hymn, and finally that day, there was a “Brains Trust” with Metropolitan Kallistos, Dr Margaret Barker, Bishop Norman Banks, Abouna Peter Farrington and Fr Phillip Swingler making up the panel. On our final day Metropolitan Kallistos After supper, Richard Davies’ served the Liturgy of the Presanctified at illustrated talk on the Wooden Churches The Church of the Holy Transfiguration at of Northern Russia showed us deep faith Great Walsingham, and there was still time in the most difficult of circumstances for us to sing the Ecumenical Office of the in some of the most challenging areas. BVM before making our way home. Weather and the Soviets have not Abouna Peter Farrington managed to prise these hardy folk from It was a busy week. Much was packed into the four their lively faith in their Orthodox religion. The first day closed with that most moving of devotion, days. One might well ask ѡ՝ݡЁ́ѡЁ)ɥՍ䁽́ѽѡȁݔ)MɥЁѡ])Ё͔ѡȁݡЁѡ䁡ٔѼͅ]) ѡ5́ՍɥЁٔɕѥѕɹݔ͡䁹)ݕɔɅѕѡ͍́ѡɍ́eٕQ́ݽɭٕݕ)ɕ͕Ёݕɔɕѕ=ѡ͕ݔх