WednesdayPosted by The Sundaes Fri, August 05, 2016 18:41:55
Last night, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the healing liturgy in which everyone was given the chance to be anointed, to confess for sins and to take part in the laying on of hands. I thought that the whole atmosphere was beautifully comforting and it lead me to feel very close and connected to God. Personally, I chose to be anointed and afterwards I felt at peace with myself and my surroundings.
WednesdayPosted by The Sundaes Fri, August 05, 2016 18:41:21
Tonight we had the Healing Liturgy after the fun and games at the big top. We were able to talk to someone about anything that was troubling us, we could be anointed by a priest (using Holy Oils to mark the cross on our foreheads and hands) or you could just sit and prey in silence. We could sit with someone and tell them our worries and then they would pray with you about your worries. We could also sit and talk to someone if we needed advice on something that was troubling us and they would sit and pray with us. You could sit on your own in the silence and pray and just release your thoughts into the hands of God and he would be able to help you in any way he could.
During the night it was the Shrine Prayer Relay. When our slot came we made our way in silence to the big top and we lit a candle and placed it under the photo of Our Lady of Walsingham and then we sat down and said prayers that were led by Aileen. We had all written our own prayers and at the appropriate time we placed our prayers down and we also had our prayer beads and we used them as we prayed.
This was a lovely way to end the night because it felt like all my troubles had been lifted and that I didn’t have to worry about them anymore because God had listened and taken my concerns into his own hands and I didn’t have to worry.
WednesdayPosted by The Sundaes Wed, August 03, 2016 19:22:58
Wednesday morning we woke up after a slightly windy (and slightly damp) night’s sleep. Condensation on the inside of the tent had collected and had been dripping onto us in the night, but overall it wasn’t too bad! Once we’d had a quick breakfast we went down to the café for bible study on the Letters of James. This morning we talked about what the use is in believing in the faith if you don’t act on what it tells you. The verses we looked at from chapter 2 mention two ‘role models’ for this idea; Abraham and Rahab, who both had faith and acted on it to do what God ultimately wanted from them. The study ended with the decision that Jesus is our ‘ultimate role model’ for what a Christian should do to act on their faith in order to show mercy to other people and creatures around us.
Father Aran Beesley joined us for the day and brought with his some footballs for Abbie (who left hers at home) and we have already spent some time kicking it about at the end of our pitch. It was nice to give Father Aron a tour around the camp and thankfully he is not scared away by us yet! We hope he enjoys the rest of his day with us!
A little later we went to Mass in the Big Top tent. It was on the theme of Eucharist (the second letter in the pilgrimage’s theme of Mercy). However this morning it was a little different to normal as it also included a sprinkling before the Communion. The clergy gave the water (from the Walsingham well) to us to drink in a silver ladle, then marked our foreheads with a cross before pouring the remainder of the water over our cupped hands – if a little over both our and their feet! It made me feel peaceful.
After Mass the people who hadn’t yet showered went down to the shower block for a wash. After a wash I think we all felt a little more human and a lot less mud monster!
Funny Thing of Today – Niamh falling off her chair as it blew over in the wind
What We Have Learnt Today – The field is a lot nicer when the sun is out and it isn’t raining!
This afternoon we were able to sign up to do an activity.
The activities on offer included sword fencing, craft, boot camp and singing
4 of us decided to sign up to do the singing workshop with
CJM. We learnt a range of songs including a Mercy version of Sorry by Justin
Bieber, He’s Blessing Me, Oh Happy Day, Now This Offering, My Lighthouse and a
song with sign language.
We all found it very enjoyable and especially the walk up to
Walsingham where the workshop took place because we got to walk there on our
own and it allowed us to be independent. We really loved learning all the new
songs, some of which we will be performing in front of the rest of the pilgrims
When we returned all 7 of us finished decorating our prayer
boxes, some of which had elaborate decorations and others were more subtle with
a select colour scheme. This was really fun as it allowed us to express our individuality
whilst making something that is very functional for us. We also wrote a prayer
each to take to the prayer relay this evening.
Tea was fish and chips (or sausage and chips) which was
absolutely scrummy and Father Aran came the right day for tea. The only
downside was the gale-force winds blowing through the campsites. There were
even some runaway tents today.