Parishioners from St Mary’s enjoy the time and space for prayer and rest at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, affectionately known from the Middle Ages as England’s Nazareth. In addition to prayer and worship, there was also plenty of time for fellowship at the beach, pub, and in the quaintness of the Norfolk countryside!
Built in the mid-14th century, and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the chapel served pilgrims on their way to England’s Nazareth. Saint Catherine was the patron saint of pilgrims to the Holy Land and her knights kept open the road to Nazareth during the Crusades.
Her tomb lies in the Monastery on Mount Sinai, within the Basilica of the Annunciation. Just as on Mount Sinai, Moses took off his shoes because he was on holy ground, so the pilgrims to England’s Holy Land used to remove their shoes and walk the Holy Mile into Walsingham.