Shrine welcomes first major pilgrimage of 2024

On March 24, Palm Sunday, the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady welcomes the first major pilgrimage of the year, with over 2,200 pilgrims.

The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham served as the setting for the solemn commemoration of Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. Some 600 faithful pilgrims, carrying palms, followed the path laid out in the Shrine Grounds, with Fr Robert Billing, the Rector of the Shrine, celebrating the Palm Sunday Mass.

Fr Billing said: “Palm Sunday marked a wonderful inauguration of Holy Week for the Shrine; not only with a full Shrine Pilgrim Mass at 12 noon, but with our first Major Pilgrimage of the Season, the Filipino Community gathering the faithful from chaplaincies all across the country for their annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine. We were truly blessed to witness their vibrancy and fervour and we hope to welcome them back next year.”

Following the Palm Sunday Mass, the Filipino community commenced their pilgrimage. They showcased their vibrant tableau of various stations associated with Holy Week, which were brought by the pilgrims. Fr Bienn Carlo Manuntag then lead the Filipino Mass, which was attended by around 2200 pilgrims.

As the Shrine now prepares for the Triduum, we carry with us the solemnity of Palm Sunday. Together, these experiences prepare us for the profound journey of Holy Week, culminating in the universal joy of Easter Sunday.

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Palm Sunday and Filipino Pilgrimage