Friday, September 16, 2011

Feeling nostalgic today

Some parts of your life remain with you, sometimes moving into memory with more force, even as they become more distant in time.

Here is the annual pilgrimage of the Dominican friars in England to the shrine of the Virgin of Walsingham, led by a cross and carrying her statue on their shoulders...

It could have been any time, really, between the arrival of the friars in England in 1221 until Henry VIII disbanded them and also destroyed the ancient shrine and burned the image, both events in 1538. The shrine was rebuilt in 1897 and the pilgrimages of the Old Religion begun again.

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