Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ladyewell Shrine (Photos)

The Pilgrimage started with a Pontifical Holy Mass presided over by the Bishop of Lancaster, Paul Swarbrick at St Mary’s Church, Fernyhalgh at 11am.

The atmosphere was cozy and divinely inspiring. At the heart of the bishop’s homily is analogy of the Samaritan woman’s attitude of coming to the well at a quiet time. quiet time. She does this not just to get away from the customary chatting and gossips of the people, but also to get to the well when it has settled and purified itself a bit. On this occasion, she met a true source of living water – Jesus, offering Himself, the water of life.The Bishop , therefore, calls us to take some time and make personal pilgrimage away from the busy complexities of life with our empty jars to Our Lady at Ladyewell, that quiet abode. She(Mary)would lead us to Jesus her Son, the well of eternal life and salvation; and she would help us draw and fill pot empty jars with the water that will quench the drought of complexities of life and the thirst for love, truth and peace.

After the mass was the exposition of the Blessed sacrament and then Eucharistic and Rosary procession down the lane to the shrine of Our Lady and Lancashire Martyrs. In the martyrs chapel of Ladyewell, there was adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament . It was a memorable day for the Bishop and the entire diocesan pilgrims from various parts of the diocese.