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Chartres 2009

While there are but a few days to go, I can’t let this year depart without finally showing you photos of the 2009 Paris-Chartres pilgrimage which takes place every year on the weekend of Pentecost. (See 2008, 2005, 2004). The theme for the upcoming 28th Pilgrimage from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres was recently announced by the Association Notre-Dame de Chrétienté which organises the event. The 28th Pilgrimage will take place on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of May 2010, with the theme “The Church is Our Mother”. The themes for the individual days will be: 1) Teaching, under the patronage of St. Peter; 2) Sanctifying, under the patronage of St. Jean Vianney, the Curé d’Ars; 3) Governing, under the patronage of St. Pius X.

The following photos, however, are compiled from various sources, and show the pilgrimage which took place this past Pentecost.

The pilgrimage commences in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris.

The statue of Our Lady of Christendom that is carried on the pilgrimage.

Setting off from Paris.

The pilgrimage lasts three days, and the traditional form of Mass is offered on each day.

On the third day, the pilgrims reach Chartres…

…and the pilgrims pile into the Cathedral.

This post was published on Monday, December 28th, 2009 9:12 pm. It has been categorised under Church France Latin Mass Tradition and been tagged under , , , .
Mark M
29 Dec 2009 5:16 am

Very nice. I have a wee blog that tries to promote Chartres, so I might have to nick your compilation! :D

Have a good Christmastide, Andrew, and a very happy New Year. Mind ye sing Auld Lang Syne, and have a dram for me.

Jeff Hendrix
29 Dec 2009 6:12 am

Thank you, Andrew, for this rousing photomontage and commentary. I find it rousing to see so many young adults as pilgrims. A question: is that pale blue uniform (scout-esque with kerchief) some kind of order of Our Lady?

5 Jan 2010 12:53 pm

Mr. Hendrix,

Several countries, most notably France, Germany, and Italy, have several national scouting organizations divided by religion. The scouts in the picture are members of Catholic scouting organizations that take part in the annual pilgrimage, unless I am mistaken.

In the United States, the founders of the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA shrewdly secured protected status as monopolies by specific exemptions to the anti-trust act, making it impossible for sectarian scouting organizations (or any other kind, for that matter) to be founded. They have been consistant in the enforcement of their trademarks, going after certain scouting organizations (usually religious or politically aligned outfits) while ignoring, for example, the scouting organizations formed here by members of communities displaced by the Soviets (who outlawed scouting) after World War II (the Ukranian Catholic American Plast being notable.)

-WAC (Former district executive of the BSA)

13 May 2010 10:02 pm

ahh!! Thank you so much for having pics of the 2009 pilgrimage up….I went, but took like a grand total of 2 pics haha…wish I took more though! so, thank you XD


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