St. Agatha’s Portsmouth to make pilgrimage to Farnborough Abbey

(from the Portsmouth Ordinariate Mission blog)

Good news- St Agatha’s Church has organised a Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of St Joseph at Farnborough Abbey.

Tuesday 7th April

11.30am The faithful gather. Nearest Rail Station: Farnborough Main
12midday Angelus followed by Low Mass (Ordinariate Use. Celebrant: Fr John Maunder)
1pm Prayers at the National Shrine
1.15pm Packed Lunch
2pm Tour of the Abbey Church
3pm Blessing

Please forward these details to your friends and place them in your parish/group newsletter.

Thank you

What people have said about the Abbey:

“This is an absolute jewel which was recently on Michael Palins Great Railway journeys. The Abbey is run by Benedictine monks and was built as an Abbey and Mausoleum for Napoleon III, the Prince Imperial and Empress Eugenie who are buried there. There are free tours (donation basket made obvious) saturdays at 3pm and Bank Holidays, and apparantly a whole season of free organ concerts in the summer. The gift shop had a wonderful selectiion of eggs and honey from the farm as well as the expected religious gifts and cards. We drove up the hill, but from the train station it is signposted and a short walk (uphill). ”

“The church itself looks just like a gothic church straight from France. Apart from the famous tomb of Napoleon III, the Abbey has an exceptional bookshop with among much else many books on plainsong.”

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