Join our virtual Lourdes pilgrimage

Our team has been involved with the music and liturgy for the Archdiocese of Birmingham’a annual pilgrimage to Lourdes for more than 20 years… (Two decades! How is that even possible!!?)

This year our liturgy planning and preparation came to a grinding halt when our pilgrimage was necessarily cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

As the weeks of social-distancing go by, though, we’re become accustomed to the many creative ways in which we have continued to be the Church at prayer – with a little help from modern technology.

So, although we cannot gather together in Lourdes this year, we can make a spiritual pilgrimage and take part in the programme of online events and liturgies that will run during the week that we would have been in Lourdes. (Sunday 24th May – Friday 29th May).

The programme will begin with the Opening Mass, live-streamed from St Chad’s Cathedral on Sunday 24 May at 3:00pm.


As part of a daily liturgy programme, we will have a virtual Marian procession every evening, and invite you to add your voice to the prayers. We ask for a Hail Mary, Glory Be and Our Father – in three separate videos.

Here’s how to join:

  1. Listen to the recorded Hail Mary, Glory Be and Our Father via the links below – try to keep your cadence the same. Listen to it on another device with headphones as you film yourself on another to help keep in time:
    Listen to Hail Mary
    Listen to Glory Be
    Listen to Our Father
  2. Light a candle, if you wish, if you can do so safely and keep an eye on it.
  3. Record yourself (or your whole family/household together!) saying each prayer with your phone, computer, camera or tablet. Leave a short pause at the beginning and end of the recording – so we can edit you in.
    N.B. Make a landscape recording- not portrait:
  4. Email your video before midnight on Wednesday 13th May (extended deadline) to If your file is too large to email then save it to Dropbox OneDrive, Google drive or similar cloud storage space and then please email us the download link.
  5. Follow us on Facebook or visit the Archdiocese of Birmingham website to see the Rosary videos and the full #Lourdes2Brum pilgrimage programme as it unfolds.

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