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    Walsingham Cluster Pilgrimage

    The rain poured down last Friday, but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the children who had gathered to celebrate Mass at the Norfolk and North Suffolk Schools’ Walsingham Pilgrimage.

    There’s nothing quite as lovely as witnessing and listening to the voices of young children in a church, and the youngsters from the cluster schools certainly enjoyed taking an active part in the Mass whilst raising their wonderful voices in song.

    The Mass, celebrated by Father David Ward (Chaplain from St Augustine’s School), began with the entrance hymn after which a handful of students from St Francis of Assisi School read the first Reading from the Acts of the Apostles.  Youngsters from St Mary’s Lowestoft took to the lecturn to read the verses while the congregation joined in with the responses.  After a reading from St John’s Gospel we listened to the bidding prayers which were wonderfully written and led by a few of the St Benet’s and St Edmund’s students.  St Martha’s part in the celebration was to bring forward the Offertory, the special gifts of bread and wine.  After the Eucharistic Prayer the congregation stood to join St Augustine’s children who beautifully sang and signed The Lord’s Prayer.  The Litany was delivered by a handful of little ones from St Mary and St Peter’s Year 3 class from Gorleston.  The Mass then ended with their wonderful voices again as they raised the roof singing the Recessional hymn, ‘My Jesus, My Saviour’.

    After Mass some of the little ones were very keen to walk the ‘Holy Mile’ even during the rain, whilst others preferred to meander across the Walsingham site, visiting the Slipper Chapel, café and shop. 

    All the children seemed to have had a wonderful day out from school and they took to the coaches for the long ride back to school just after lunchtime.  However, our own little troupe of youngsters from Notre Dame took a detour on the way home to visit the beautiful Parish Church of Little Walsingham, St Mary’s & All Saints.

    Click here to see the websites from the places that we visited.

    Click on this link here to view some of the images captured during the day.

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