25th July 2015 – Ordinariate day pilgrimage to Aylesford

Fr. Ed Tomlinson has announced:

Aylesford shrine areaThe clergy of the local Ordinariate groups/missions in Kent and East Sussex are organising a special one day pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory* on July 25th 2015, the purpose of which is twofold:

Firstly to bring our people together in fellowship and fun and secondly to further promote the Ordinariate vision within the Catholic Church. All readers of this blog, Anglican and Catholic, are warmly invited to attend this day.

The anticipated schedule for the day is Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at noon to be followed by lunch and free time. An address will be given in the afternoon and the day will end with Benediction and Adoration.

I am delighted to announce that Fr. Jerome Betram of the Oxford Oratory has agreed to be our speaker for the day. He is always very entertaining and very informative. It is shaping up to be something special. Come and join us!

(* The Friars, Aylesford, is one of the principal Catholic pilgrimage sites in the South East of England. Over 200,000 pilgrims a year make their way to Aylesford, some as part of organised pilgrimages, some on a parish visit, others come on school trips or with their fellowships or associations.

Aylesford (which means a “crossing place for all peoples”) is a small village in the English county of Kent, where in 1242 a group of hermits from Mount Carmel were given land to establish a community by a crusader returning from the Holy Land. The priory passed from Carmelite ownership into private hands at the Reformation in 1538, becoming known as “The Friars”.

Aylesford was purchased back by the Carmelite Order in 1949 when, on 31st October (the vigil of All Saints), Mass was celebrated once again. Many of the medieval buildings have been restored and a new open-air church has been built on the site of the medieval chapel.

The shrine at Aylesford is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, and beautiful chapels dedicated to the saints of Carmel (notably St. Simon Stock) have been described as “prayers in stone”.)

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