1,370 years of devoted visits, uninterrupted by the Reformation, makes Holywell the site of longest unbroken pilgrimage in the British Isles. The pull factor is the holy virgin St Winefride, who was restored to life after having her head cut off. She returned from death through the prayers and ministrations of her uncle St Bueno while he was offering Holy Mass. So also non-Catholic Christians in Wales & England will surely be re-united with their ecclesial head, the Pope, through the prayerful offering of Holy Mass.
Many thanks to Kevin Jones of the Latin Mass Society for this well organised annual pilgrimage. Click here for a Flickr album of John Aron's photos of the Solemn High Mass, Rosary Procession & Veneration of St Winefride's relic, all in gorgeous weather. The choir was from St Mary's, Warrington, and a good number of the faithful too. Fr Sean Riley, Fr Simon Henry (with a more interesting commentary here than this one!) and Fr James Mawdsley (on his one-year-anniversary of priestly ordination) were the sacred ministers. Recently ordained Fr Alex Stewart assisted in choir, as did other veterans of the pilgrimage.
For an application form for another prayerful pilgrimage, from Edinburgh to St Andrews, please click on the flyer below. Even if you cannot participate in walking the full pilgrimage, the Confraternity of St Ninian asks those interest to please save the date--Monday 7 August--for the concluding Holy Mass in St Andrews. The Confraternity is planning for that evening the first Solemn High Mass celebrated in the ruins of St Andrew's Cathedral since the Reformation.