The Day

Pilgrims are provided with a booklet which sets out the programme for the day as they board coaches for Walsingham. Further booklets are available in the Chapel of Reconciliation for those coming by private transport. Additionally, Orders of Service, prepared by the Shrine, are distributed on entering the Chapel for Mass.

The pilgrimage begins on the journey to Walsingham during which we pray the Joyful and the Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Arriving at Walsingham, there is the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the Shrine Mass at midday, the central part of the day’s programme. After Mass there is a break for lunch – pilgrims usually bring a picnic (taken in the open air,  weather permitting). After lunch the programme at the Shrine continues with the Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.

Pilgrims then assemble for the silent walk along the Holy Mile into the village. (Pilgrims who are unable to walk return to the coaches to be taken to the coach park in the village. They meet up with the others again in the Priory grounds.) The spirit of the pilgrimage, its deep purpose, is nowhere better reflected than in this silent walk. Taking place between the third and fourth Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, it unites us with the journey to Calvary taken by so many innocent unborn with Christ.

There is a small cost (included with the coach fare from some places) for each pilgrim to enter the Priory grounds, where the day at Walsingham concludes with the remaining two Sorrowful Mysteries, the Prayer for England and the Salve Regina. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are offered on the coaches, during the journey home.