What a wonderful celebration and exploration of the Lord’s Prayer the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 2015 turned out to be, with lively Bible Studies, Creative Masses, inspirational Healing Liturgy and a smorgasbord of fun and games with a Swedish Flavour, not to mention a tribute to the legendary 70’s pop band with the Abbababes!
The weather was not kind to us from the off, the soggy field making setting up camp very difficult indeed, with every single item of kit needing to be carried across the field to avoid vehicles getting stuck in the mud!
Sadly, for the first time in recent memory, the Holy Mile barefoot walk even had to be cancelled due to flooding on the road! We were not to be beaten, however, and the constant rain could not dampen the spirits of the young people, the Opening Liturgy being particularly upbeat, and setting the tone for the rest of the week. Even the soggy burgers were gulped down with relish at the BBQ afterwards!
Bishop Lindsay led us through the Lord’s Prayer each day with some inspiring Bible Studies and the daily Sung Mass was led creatively by groups from Chelmsford, Sweden, and South Wales. The Healing Liturgy was followed by an all-night relay of group visits to the Holy House and to receive Sprinkling at the Well.
The usual afternoon Team Tournaments were entered into with great gusto, with Quidditch making its debut this year and proving very popular indeed. Priests’ Football, proved equally popular with the young people, if less so with the Priests, and there were some very sorry sights at the end of the afternoon! Street Dance, Music, Tae Kwon-Do, Fencing, Art and Craft all added to the fun. The climax of the fun and games came, in honour of all our Swedish friends, in the form of a “Swedish Midsummer Fest” with 650 people “frog dancing” around a Midsummer Pole, a Smorgasbord Blind Food Tasting and a Midsummer Garland competition. The final evening’s entertainment saw the members of the Clergy team being suitably humiliated, as they blasted out the ABBA hits; Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Thank you for the Music etc with the Abbababes tribute band.
Friday’s final Mass was an extremely emotional celebration, culminating in a farewell to Bishop Lindsay as he prepared to return to Australia, with the presentation of a Pectoral Cross from the young people in thanksgiving for his contribution to the Youth Pilgrimage over many years.
For the highlights video follow the link:
Many more photos can be found in the Shrine's Photo Gallery - click here
Click here to view a PDF
version of the full Youth Pilgrimage 2015 brochure if you would like to know more about the format of the event. The 2016 brochure will be available online in January.
the past few years the GODPARENT scheme has raised
money to enable young people from all over the country to
participate in the Youth Pilgrimage. In 2015 the Godparents
raised £11,000. To find out more about the scheme - click here
2016 Youth Pilgrimage
Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August
Click here for the ABBA - Father Programme
Click here for the 2015 Code of Conduct
for the Youth Pilgrimage Health & Safety Guidelines
Click here for a sample Risk Assessment Form
Pilgrimage: The Stats
Camp with hundreds of other young
Christians in the village of Little Walsingham - minutes
from the Shrine
Mass in a Big Top with the amazing
First night BBQ & Disco
Wednesday All-Night Liturgy
Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims
from the past 950 years on the Holy Mile
Workshop afternoon with crafts,
dance, sport, drama, music with CJM - and inflatables!
Chill out in the café
Last night disco and karaoke
Photos of the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Shrine Photo
- and various short videos from previous Youth Pilgrimages can be viewed
on YouTube and Vimeo:
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BBC Look East News Report of the visit of the Archbishop of
Youth Pilgrimage Video
Four Bond films never seen before!
QUINQUENNIAL OF SOLACE