Recently we have had the pleasure of making two new friends: Sam and Wojciech from Doncaster, England. They had decided to make a cycling pilgrimage from Doncaster to various churches and shrines, ending up on Papa Stronsay. The over 600 miles took them 12 days to complete! The pilgrimage was made for the intention of the teaching of solid doctrine to return to the Church, and for the faithful to receive this teaching. They stayed on Papa Stronsay for 3 days during which time they erected a Pilgrimage Cross. Following in the tradition of the "Vow Cross", we invited Sam and Wojciech to erect this Pilgrimage Cross as a permanent memory of the completion of their pilgrimage.
Sam and Wojciech with Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R. as they prepare to concrete the steel support which they had spent many hours preparing.
Making sure the steel is straight now is important, as once the concrete is in it cannot be done.
Sam prepares to pour the first load of concrete which will secure the steel support into the ground.
All done. Now it must be left over night to dry.
The first Pilgrimage Cross to be erected on Papa Stronsay.
A worthy testimony to the effort and devotion of these two pilgrims!
The Cross will now be painted and blessed for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Saturday.