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2013 visit to Walsingham - Shrine of Our Lady

The chapel was stunningly beautiful and had wonderful mosaics, murals and stain glass windows. ...............

 

Trip to visit the Walsingham Shrine of Our Lady

 

On Thursday the 6th of June, after spending the previous day painting a banner for the trip, six pupils, Lucy, Niamh, Kaitlin, Will, Emily and Finn went on a four hour trip to Walsingham to visit the shrine of Our Lady.

We got to school at around 6:20am and left at about 6:30am, setting off for our journey. We were all tired but it was a surprisingly enjoyable journey. We stopped off at a supermarket with just half an hour to go in order to stock up on food supplies for breakfast.

We reached Walsingham at around 11:00am and firstly, went for a tour of the Slipper Chapel which is the official Shrine of The Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. The chapel was stunningly beautiful and had wonderful mosaics, murals and stain glass windows. This was also along with fabulous flowers and candles. We all lit candles before entering the chapel and these were being displayed beautifully outside.

After that we sat outside in the sunny gardens to have our lunch, we then went off to explore the grounds and the shop which was selling pencils, wristbands, pens etc. At around 1:00pm we assembled in a field outside ready for the banner parade. Niamh and Will held the banner that we had spent the previous day painting and we followed everyone else into the outdoor mass. The banners were all magnificently displayed and the St. Thomas More banner was clearly visible.

We then began the mass at which point the priest said welcome to all of the schools and St. Thomas More obviously cheered the loudest. This was then followed by readings and hymns. The music was live, played by another school that was present. After the mass had finished with a final hymn we left, ready to go back to the coach, and set of back to school. Yet again we managed to stop off at a supermarket, this time replenishing our stock for tea, and then we listened to music and slept for most of the way back to school.

We arrived back at school at around 7:20pm where our parents were ready, waiting to collect us and take us all home.

It was an extremely fun day out and a great school trip, thanks also to Mr Walsh and Mrs Conlon for supervising. It was a fantastic day.

 

By Lucy Boardman.   

 

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