Parish pilgrimage

 
downside

© Lawrence OP

As part of the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy the parish took part in a day pilgrimage to Downside Abbey on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.

The Basilica of St Gregory the Great at Downside, commonly known as Downside Abbey, is a Benedictine monastery in Somerset and the senior community of the English Benedictine Congregation.

Downside Abbey has been designated as a pilgrimage site within the Diocese of Clifton, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

As Pope Francis opened the Holy Year of Jubilee crossing the threshold of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica on 8th December 2015, so he invited each diocese to open the Door of Mercy so that we can cross the threshold of the Father’s merciful love for us. As the Church crosses this threshold, so we enter more deeply into relationship and communion with the Father.

In our diocese, Bishop Declan has designated four places of pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year: the Cathedral in Clifton; St Mary’s, Glastonbury; Downside Abbey; and Prinknash Abbey. Each place invites us to enter as pilgrim; each place invites us to experience the indulgence of God’s tenderness and love.

The parish pilgrimage included an opportunity to enter through the Holy Door of Mercy at the Abbey, a celebration of Mass with the Benedictine community, a picnic lunch, a tour of the Abbey church, and afternoon tea at the Abbey Visitors’ Centre.