This morning at the 11:30am Mass we gave a special blessing to for students from Holy Cross College who are embarking on a sponsored walk to raise money to go to Lourdes as part of the diocesan pilgrimage. They are walking from St Marie's to St Bernadette's on to Our Lady of Grace in Prestwich, The Servite Church of Our Lady of Dolours and finally ending up at Salford Cathedral.
O God who made the sons of Israel to walk with dry feet through the midst of the Red Sea, and who opened to the three magi, by the guiding of a star, the way which led to your Son; grant to these your servants a prosperous journey, that, attended by your holy angels, they may happily reach their destination and finally the haven of eterna lsalvation.
O God, protector and lover of the humble, you bestowed on Saint Bernadette, the favour of the vision of Our Lady, the Immacualte Virgin Mary and of speaking with her. Grant through her intercession a safe journey to your servants who set out on this sponsored walk that they may come saelfy to their journey's end and one day be rewarded with the vision of your face in heaven.