Our Lady's Mirror

Summer 1927

Fr Patten in later years, in his Master’s regalia
The pilgrimage organised by Major Brooker [Bowker] had to be abandoned, mainly due to the illness of the conductor. We have been criticised for calling pilgrims "palmers". It is a word apparently used to define those who go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land - the palm being their symbol, as the cockle shell is the symbol of S. James of Compostella. The first Catholic League pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine was on June 7th to 9th, conducted by Fr Fynes- Clinton. Fr Benedict O.S.B. was the preacher. In September we hope to welcome a pilgrimage for Priests only. This is being organised by Fr Matthew of St Andrew's, Leicester. It begins on September 6th in preparation for a conference the next day on the proposed new Prayer Book, and especially the Reservation rubrics. A group of pilgrims from Oxford brought a large decorated candle, with the name of their church [St Paul's], which they set up at the Shrine and asked for it to be lit on all Feasts of Our Lady - an example that might well be followed by other parishes and societies. The Pilgrimage Committee combined with the Shop and had a stall at the Anglo-Catholic Congress, and were stormed with inquiries about the Pilgrimage and relieved of a tremendous amount of news sheets. Requests have been made from time to time for a banner of the Society to be kept at the Shrine, and donations are solicited. We wonder, on future pilgrimages, if groups come from any particular parish, if they would bring their banner and carry it in the procession on Wednesday nights? articles: 'The Votive Heart'; 'Ships and Sailors' There are no illustrations in this issue: a later photograph of Fr Patten is shown above