Rain didn't deter the Glastonbury pilgrims
From our Bristol correspondent
DESPITE a morning of rain which caused flooding in parts of the surrounding countryside, the usual crowd of pilgrims gathered on the slopes of Glastonbury Tor from all parts of the diocese of Clifton-and beyond-on Sunday to join their bishop in the annual pilgrimage to this historic Somerset shrine of Our Lady St. Mary of Glastonbury.
Bishop Rudderham reminded the thousands present of the intentions of the pilgrimage: to honour Our Lady St. Mary of Glastonbury; to honour all the English martyrs, especially those martyred at Glastonbury; for Catholics under persecution; and for the Pope's intentions.
Recalling that the Forty Martyrs were a selected list, the bishop said: "It follows that some must be left out-a fact I mention only lest you should he surprised that those martyred here were not included in the list.
"When the Forty have been canonised the main issue then will be to secure the canonisation of all our British martyrs."
In his sermon. Bishop Parker of Northampton also referred to the Forty and to the joint pastoral being read that day throughout the country. If we English people were shy about asking for miracles, he said, we should recall Our Lord's words at the Last Supper: "Make your request in my name that your Father may be moved," Once again the open-air nave for the Pontifical High Mass, celebrated by Bishop Rudderham. was formed by the 14 full-size wooden crosses carried in procession from the Tor through the town to the convent field behind the church.
But this year there was also a crucifix, the same size, which was carried at the head of the long procession.
Once again. too, as one of the organisers said, 'we had Our Lady's weather-for. during the procession and High Mass, the rains gave way to brilliant sunshine.