Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pilgrimages Today: "Reek" Sunday on Mt. Croagh Patrick in Ireland - Saint Ann's in Cormac, Ontario

Summer is a time for travel for vacation and rest and to see relatives and friends, but it may also be used, as many people do, for spiritual purposes: a pilgrimage.  An Irish holy journey and one closer to home in Ontario are some of the pilgrimages available.

The annual summer pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick, "the Reek", a holy mountain in the Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland, which I remember from my ascent in March 2011 is today. 

Some 20,000 are expected to climb the mountain associated with St. Patrick, some barefoot as with the gentleman depicted above.

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Today's Pilgrimage in Honour
of the Feast of Saint Ann
at the Parish of St. Ann in Cormac, Ontario.

Since Thursday, I have been preaching the Triduum, which included a candlelight procession from the parish church to the outdoor shrine last night. 

The closing ceremonies today feature outdoor Masses at 11 am and 2 pm.

Several other photos:

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful day! This truly is a unique Spiritual event. The combination of a beautiful peaceful setting and a few thousand devoted Pilgrims to St Ann cannot help but bring one closer to God. Many Thanks to Archbishop Prendergast,Father John Lacey,all attending Clergy and the few dedicated parrishoners who continue to host this large event. Looking forward to the 75th!