The Shrine and Parish Collaborate for Corpus Christi

For the first time in years, the celebration of Corpus Christi in Walsingham involved both the Parish Church and the Shrine. Mass began at S. Mary’s at 11.00 am and followed the normal pattern with Fr Harri Williams, the parish priest, both principal celebrant and preacher. Villagers and pilgrims filled the church but pride of place was given to the 35 children from Holy Trinity & S. Silas C of E Primary School, Kentish Town, London, who were on a three day pilgrimage to the Shrine. When the procession of the Blessed Sacrament was formed at the end of the service, some of the children carried their school shields whilst others had baskets of rose petals. The full procession – singing Laud O Sion at full throttle – made its way out of S. Mary’s, along Church Street and up the High Street, turning right at the pump and into the Shrine grounds through the Brandie Arch. Rose petals were tossed high into air, forming a fragrant floral carpet as they hit the ground. Benediction was given at the Altar of the Mysteries of Light in the Shrine gardens – where Fr Andreas, the Shrine Priest, with the help of the children, had created an appropriate Corpus Christi display from garden clippings, flowers and fallen petals.