Soldiers came to Walsingham recently when Bishop J. Dcy, Bishop in Ordinary to H.M. Forces, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the precincts of the Slipper Chapel.
Father B. S. James, administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, told the story of Walsingham to the soldiers when they visited the site of the original shrine in the grounds of Walsingham Abbey.
Buglers heralded the sacred Host, and men of arms with fixed bayonets walked alongside, as beneath a canopy borne by officers the Sanctissimurn was brought into the Friday Market Place by the Senior Chaplain to the Northern Command (Father A. Parisotti, 0.B.E.). From there, the pilgrims slow marched to the Slipper Chapel singing hymns.
In the Slipper Chapel shelter, Father George Barrett, S.J., preached the sermon, and Bishop Dry gave Confirmation. Benediction followed.
The pilgrims filed through the Slipper Chapel afterwards, kneeling before the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, before returning to Walsingham. Many army chaplains were present, among them Fathers B. S. Farrell, S.J., and G. Flint, the organisers. Other clergy included Father G. Anstruther, 0.P., and Father J. Massey, deacon and subdeacon, Father Patrick, 0.F.M.Cap. of Walsingham, and Father A. T. Brewer, parish priest of Fakenham and Wells.