Thursday, 30 October 2008

Christus Rex Pilgrimage


I haven't heard anything from individual pilgrims yet, but Mary Lou sent me a link to this rather nice story on the pilgrimage from the Bendigo Advertiser:

"MORE than 320 pilgrims from across Australia have taken part in the annual Christus Rex pilgrimage, which concluded with a Solemn Mass in Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday.
The three-day pilgrimage in the medieval tradition saw pilgrims walk from Ballarat’s St Patrick’s Cathedral to Bendigo in time for yesterday’s 3pm Mass, conducted in the Extraordinary Form.

Pilgrims had earlier camped at Smeaton and Newstead as part of their pilgrimage, inspired by the Chartres Pilgrimage in France, an event that attracts up to 30,000 participants each year.

In true medieval tradition, the pilgrimage included prayers and meditation along the way, with Mass said each night on the journey to Bendigo.

Support staff accompanied the pilgrims and when local halls were filled the overflow camped outside.

Yesterday’s Mass featured hauntingly beautiful Gregorian chants, set against the backdrop of Bendigo’s spectacular cathedral.

The Solemn Mass has experienced an immense rise in popularity among Catholics across the world, and organisers believe the Christus Rex pilgrimage will continue to grow each year, attracting young and old, bonded together in traditional spirituality and faith."

5 comments:

Marty said...

Just a side note, The Sacred Heart statue that was carried used to be painted as an Iraqi terrorist as part of the Jesuswalks exhibition during WYD. (go figure and watch this space, big news on that later)
A kind gentleman paid quite a lot of money for it (which was donated to Youth off the Streets) and had it fixed up to what we see here.
An awesome Catholic experience and of the 320 people on the pilgrimage at least 250 of them were under the age of 35/40.
So much for Tradition being for oldies, eh?

Joshua said...

My mate Michael just arrived back from the pilgrimage last night, and tells me all went very well indeed.

Fr Rowe will also have arrived back, and I look forward to getting a more detailed account from both of them in due course.

David said...

This is what the church needs. A Good, solid and unadulterated liturgical pilgrimage for the youth! The Extraordinary Right is beautiful, as a wise man once said to me – “The Latin mass is what keeps the faith alive, the Novis Ordo relies on faith to keep it alive .”

David said...

This is what the church needs. A Good, solid and unadulterated liturgical pilgrimage for the youth! The Extraordinary Right is beautiful, as a wise man once said to me – “The Latin mass is what keeps the faith alive, the Novis Ordo relies on faith to keep it alive .”

Joshua said...

True story:

The scene, a priest's first Mass in country Victoria about a decade ago...

As we went up for communion, the hymn being sung was -

"We walk by faith and not by sight,
No gracious words we hear..."

My friend, walking behind me in the communion line, whispered "Just like the Novus Ordo", and I nearly burst out laughing when about to receive the Host!