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Parishioners from across Melbourne joined the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and Friends for the Sea to Sea Marian Pilgrimage through the city this weekend.
The pilgrimage which was held in honour of Our Lady, comprised of five key stops at some of the most iconic Catholic landmarks in Melbourne as the group keenly kept up by foot for the afternoon after a Mass held at St Mary’s Star of the Sea in West Melbourne.
The prayerful pilgrimage contained five dedicated stations.
The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation and the Prayer of St Francis, Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Prayer of Our Lady by St Catherine of Siena said before her statue in the courtyard at St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Prayer of St Therese of Lisieux to Our Lady and the Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation at the birthplace of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop on Brunswick Street, the Prayer of St Peter Julian Eymard, The Third Joyful Mysery: the Birth of Christ which was prayed at the ACU Chapel and The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The presentation of the Lord at the Layde Chapel of St Francis, the oldest Catholic church in Victoria.
The group had one final stop at St Mary Star of the Sea, finishing up with The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple.
All who joined were handed booklets which also contained the historical context of each stop.
A reader was designated to each station as the cohort gathered in prayer and stopped off for lunch along the way.
‘It’s been a beautiful day, and I don’t think we lost anyone along the way,’ laughed organiser, Sr. Mary Sarah. ‘In fact, I think we gained a few more people!’
To stay in touch with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and Friends for more activities and events, head to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dominicansistersaustralia.