Annual Pilgrimage to Chartres Friday 18th – Tuesday 22nd May 2018
This year marks the 36th Chartres Pilgrimage – a walk of 70 miles in three days from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, to Notre Dame Cathedral, Chartres – with the theme: “St Joseph, Pilgirm and Servant”.
The British contingent of the Pilgrimage gather on Friday 18th May for Mass in Westminster Cathedral crypt at 7.00am and then board a coach for Calais at 7.30am. Each day throughout the Pilgrimage the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered and the Holy Rosary will be prayed. Confession and spiritual guidance will both be available throughout each day.
Notre-Dame de Chrétienté (NDC)—the organisation responsible for what the late, great Michael Davies, referring to the Chartres Pilgrimage, once described as the ‘most important annual event in Christendom’ has announced that Robert Cardinal Sarah (Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) will offer the Pontifical High Mass in the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres at our arrival on the third day, Monday 21st May. A NDC statement reads, “We sincerely thank Cardinal Sarah for having accepted to come and join us on pilgrimage. We are happy to organise this event, which will be an important landmark in the history of our pilgrimage.”
What joyful news! And what a very great blessing this will be for us weary pilgrims!
On Tuesday 22nd May, there will be Mass in the crypt of Chartres Cathedral, before the coach takes the pilgrims back to England via the Eurotunnel, arriving at Westminster Cathedral at about 8.00pm.
What is the Chartres Pilgrimage all about?
A brief explanation HERE.
Wikipedia entry with information on previous pilgrimage themes HERE . (N.B. However there is one mistake in the wiki entry: the SSPX is not “in schism” from the Catholic Church).