Monday, 11 June 2012

Pilgrimage to Ramsgate this Friday

This Friday, Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Sodality of the Five Holy Wounds will be holding a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Augustine at Ramsgate.

It will be fascinating to visit the important church of St Augustine, considered one of ANW Pugin's finest buildings. 'Not one of the true principles will be broken', the architect wrote of this church, built in the neo-Gothic style between 1845 and 1852. Pugin himself and several of his family members are buried there. It was designated a shrine in March this year.

For a taster of this church and its history, the brilliant BBC Four programme 'God's own architect' is still viewable online here:

Our programme is as follows:

12 noon Missa Cantata (Feast of the Sacred Heart)
Picnic lunch (bring your own)
14:00 Tour of the church by Pugin Society
15:00 Talk by Fr Marcus Holden about Saint Augustine and the
significance of the Shrine followed by devotions
ca 16:00 Benediction and veneration of the relic of St Augustine
16:15 Tea in cafe at side of church overlooking the sea

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