Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Taper was a great success and many thanks to all who took part. We are indebted to the new Rector of the Shrine, Father Philip Harries for his warm welcome and to Father Jason Jones who offered the Holy Mass.
After some words of welcome from Father Harries, the pilgrimage began with the lighting of the taper in Our Lady’s hand accompanied by the hymn O Holy Mother of the Taper. This was followed by a wonderful Missa Cantata and our thanks go to the Newcastle Emlyn Schola for the plainchaint propers and the Cum Jubilio Mass setting. It is a real blessing to have such a choir in a very rural part of West Wales.
We were also blessed to have two servers (Corey and Seamus) who did a fine job and served with great reverence and dignity.
Following Mass, the pilgrims gathered for lunch and refreshments in the hall where we were very well looked after by the Shrine hospitality team. After plentiful cups of tea and slices of cake, we returned to the church for Benediction and the Rosary.
The shrine hymn, Dear Mother of Our Saviour Christ completed our pilgrimage and as we "bid Our Lady's Shrine farewell" we are already planning our return visit in 2016.
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