St. Mary's Cemetery in Kensal Green was bathed in glorious sunshine and a wonderful group of faithful Walsingham devotees turned out to give thanks for the life and mission of Charlotte Boyd who gifted the Slipper Chapel into Catholic Ownership which is now England's National Marian Shrine.
We had a beautiful Mass in the St. Mary's Cemetery Chapel and you should have heard the final hymn - Mary of Walsingham! We nearly lifted the roof off! Fr. Christopher Pearson from the Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham gave a marvellous homily - a journey of how close Charlotte Boyd's spiritual journey, into full communion with the Catholic Church, was to his own and a wondering of how they had not really 'spiritually met" until now. Fr. Chris spoke of Walsingham and Our Lady's mission and the great privilege that we have in England, Mary's Dowry of hosting England's Nazareth.
Following Mass we all processed for a time of Prayer at the graveside of Charlotte Boyd. A local lady called Bernadette kindly keep's Charlotte's grave honoured with flowers and candles. How lovely to know that this happens.
At the graveside we prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and sang Fr. Fletcher's processional hymn. Fr. Christopher blessed holy water and as we prayed he blessed the graves around. It was a time of deep prayer and there was a real sense around of the joy of the Holy Souls. There was a wonderful feeling of the Church suffering and the Church militant working together for the salvation of souls. We prayed the prayer written by Mgr. Georges Tutto and given an Imprimatur by Bishop Alan Hopes in 2002 for the eventual introduction of the possible cause of Charlotte Boyd. We prayed for the moment when Charlotte's mortal remains will one day be moved to rest besides the Slipper Chapel she so generously gifted.
We did not forget to pray for Mgr. Georges Tutto (92years) who for over 20 years kept the memory of Charlotte Boyd alive. We pray oh Lord that you keep your beloved priest enfolded in your mercy and that Our Lady of Walsingham and Charlotte with many others will soon welcome him into heaven. He is presently in a home being cared for by wonderful religious sisters.
And finally a big thank you to Anna and Michael who care so beautifully for the St. Mary's cemetery and Chapel. Their welcome and encouragement is greatly appreciated.