The annual Catholic walking pilgrimage between the two French Cathedrals dedicated to Our Lady (Notre Dame), from Paris to Chartres, will take place this coming Pentecost weekend. I have written about it on CP&S many times before, for example see HERE and HERE. It is extremely tough – a fast-paced 70 mile walk over three days – where great physical fitness is necessary. Yet even the young, usually the strongest and fittest of all the pilgrims, suffer unavoidable aches, pains and exhaustion. It can only be the love and courage of the Holy Spirit, pouring down His abundant spiritual gifts upon the pilgrims that inspires us forward with such tremendous joy, despite the hardships, that makes the grace-filled Chartres pilgrimage so unique.
This year the British ‘chapters’ leave by coach for France on 13th May, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, after attending a Traditional Latin Mass at 7am. in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral. What a great way to start off, under Our Blessed Lady’s protection on the 99th anniversary of her first appearance to the little shepherd children at Fatima!
In the first video below, Michael Matt, who walks in the U.S. chapter, gives an interesting explanation of what the Chartres pilgrimage is all about.
In the second video you can watch some clips from the 2015 pilgrimage, plus descriptive testimonies from some of those who took part last year.
Once again I shall take all your intentions, especially those on our ‘Prayer Intentions’ page, with me this year, on the 2016 pilgrimage. Please pray for us too.
(See HERE for further details.)