Pilgrims, in sunshine and in rain, gather in Lourdes for the Order’s 57th international pilgrimage
British Association is over subscribed for the event
Lourdes, 8 May 2015
Lourdes – the basilica, Notre Dame du Rosaire
As the pilgrimage drew to a close, members from the British Association of the Order, the Grand Priory of England, the Companions of the Order, the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV) and many volunteers and friends joined with their malades in acknowledging that this had been an exceptionally happy and fulfilling event.
The over-subscribed occasion was full of song and laughter as well as moments of quiet prayer and reflection. ‘I come because the spirit of the pilgrimage stays with me all year,’ said one wheelchair bound pilgrim. ‘It brings companionship, love, and among all of us, a sense of goodness and godliness.’
Photo: Julian Andrews