Blesséd in the Barn – an opening Liturgy for Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

On Friday night, the parishes of S. Thomas the Apostle Lydiate and S Thomas the Apostle Elson will gather in the Barn Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham where we will begin our Pilgrimages. For the last couple of years we have celebrated this together, and this year it is the turn of Elson, and so we offer a reflective liturgy of hope.


Laptop, Speakers, Projector, Bubbles, Tealights


Pilgrimage is as much about the journey as the destination, and even more about the place we return home to, after this sacred place has changed us. We cannot but expect that Pilgrimage will change us in some way: new challenges, new perspectives, a refreshed outlook.

We have come some distance today, whether from north or south, and yet our journey is not yet complete. Although we have landed in this place physically, our spiritual journey continues. Away from the bustle, apart from the traffic jams, out of the towns and the cities, we have come to be with God.

Pause for a while. Take a deep breath and relax. Know that you are in a special place, surrounded by others who share your story. This is a safe, sacred place. God is here. Make yourselves at home.

Open your mind, engage your spirit. Free your soul, and be open to the change that Pilgrimage can work within you.

Opening Prayer: A prayer for Pilgrims

Let us pray…

Teach us, O God ,

to view our life here on earth

as a pilgrim’s path to heaven,

and give us grace to tread it courageously

in the company of your faithful people.

Help us to set our affections

on things above,

not on the passing vanities of this world,

and grant that as we journey on

in the way of holiness

we may bear a good witness to our Lord,

and serve all who need our help

along the way,

for the glory of your name. Amen

Bubbles Penitential Rite

Equipment: Bubbles


Screen: You are forgiven

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins: +In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Book of Common Prayer, Visitation of the Sick p317

Word: Psalm 4

Lord, have mercy and hear me.

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;

from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

O men, how long will your hearts be closed,

will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;

the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still

Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy

than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once

for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Lord, have mercy and hear me.

Prayer: Lord’s Prayer Challenge


Our Father in heaven. Don’t say ‘Father’ if you do not behave like a son or daughter. Don’t say ‘Our’ if you only think of your self.
Hallowed by your name Don’t say ‘Hallowed’ if you do not honour that name.
Your Kingdom come


Don’t say ‘Your Kingdom come’ if you are weighed down with material goods
Your will be done On earth as in heaven Don’t say ‘Thy will be done’ if you do not accept the hard bits

Don’t say ‘as it is in heaven’ if you only think about earthly matters

Give us this day our daily bread Don’t say ’Our daily bread’ if you have no concern for the hungry or the homeless
 Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin  against us Don’t say ‘Forgive us our sins’ if you remain angry with someone
Lead us not into temptation Don’t say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if you intend to continue sinning
But deliver us from evil Don’t say ‘Deliver us from evil’ if

you are not willing to make a

stand against injustice

For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen Don’t say ‘AMEN’ without considering the words of your prayer!

Lamentations 3

Equipment: Bricks/Stones, Tealights

Ritual: During the first part of the video (vs 1-9), build a cairn of bricks, during the second part (from vs 22) add the Tea Lights. May be followed by an amount of other Prayer

1 I am one who has seen affliction
under the rod of God’s wrath;
2 he has driven and brought me
into darkness without any light;
3 against me alone he turns his hand,
again and again, all day long.

4 He has made my flesh and my skin waste away,
and broken my bones;
5 he has besieged and enveloped me
with bitterness and tribulation;
6 he has made me sit in darkness
like the dead of long ago.

7 He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
he has put heavy chains on me;
8 though I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
9 he has blocked my ways with hewn stones,
he has made my paths crooked.

22 The steadfast love of Yahweh never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 ” Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
31 For Yahweh will not
reject us forever.
32 Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve anyone.

Blessing and Dismissal

Go from this place in peace, and onward in your pilgrimage, refreshed by this place and empowered by the YES of Mary

Venture back to your communities with hope and with love

Show to each other the marvellous works Christ has begun in you

And be empowered by His Spirit to transform all those whom you will meet with bubbles of God’s joy and forgiveness, take with you his light and share it with those to whom you return

…and may the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you his peace… and the blessing of God Almighty, +Father, Son & Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you, this night and always. Amen