Up to 4,000 members of the Syro Malabar community of England travelled to North Norfolk, some from as near as King's Lynn, others from London and the Midlands. The Syro Malabar church has its roots in Syria and India and has its own historic rite for the Mass. Many families have their roots in Kerala, South India. A colourful procession came down from the village to the Shrine. Many pilgrims carrried their very colourful and decorated parasols, a wonderful sight amidst the fields alongside the Pilgrims' Way. After a short service of dedication and welcome from Mgr John, pilgrims enjoyed a traditional meal in the shrine grounds which they very generously shared with shrine staff and volunteers. Your correspondent much enjoyed this! Mass was then celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Andrew Thazhath, assisted by Bishop George Rajendran. Another memorable and unique day in the pilgrimage calendar.
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