Walk with Christ this Good Friday
You are invited to make a 9 mile pilgrimage in solemn remembrance of our Lord's sacrifice for each one of us and be a witness of our faith to the city of Austin. Pilgrims from around the Diocese will gather at St. Mary Cathedral at 12:30pm to receive a send-off blessing from Bishop Joe Vásquez before departing from the Cathedral at 1:00pm. The pilgrimage will end at the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, 225 Addie Roy Rd, Austin, 78746, where the Good Friday liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will follow at 7:00pm
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Good Friday is the day that we remember the Passion and Death of our Lord, and rightly so, it is one of the most important days of our Catholic calendar. Here in Austin, TX, a tradition has started over the last 5 years to walk on a 9-mile pilgrimage to two holy sites of the city in order to experience and live out the Good Friday spirit. Hundreds of pilgrims have participated in this pilgrimage - from the heart of our city, St. Mary’s Cathedral, to the heart of our Blessed Mother, The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in West Austin. After last year’s pilgrim group gathered over 400 people, Bishop Joe Vasquez took note and asked to personally send-off the pilgrims this year with a special blessing in front of the Cathedral.
From humble beginnings, the first Good Friday Pilgrimage happened when a group of students from the University of Texas wanted to literally ‘walk with Christ’ and be a witness of faith to their beloved Austin, TX. In particular, one group of students from the Schoenstatt University Men took on the initiative and gathered different teams of people to plan out the route and logistics, as well as spiritual activities for the journey. What started as just a small, energetic group of students from UT Austin, is now accompanied with children and families from all over Texas, including students from St. Edward’s, A&M, Texas State, and beyond, and also an original, heart wrenching passion skit written and enacted by some of the students along the way.
If you are looking for a way to truly sanctify Good Friday this year, this is an invitation for you to come on the Good Friday Pilgrimage. A pilgrimage by definition is a religious expedition, or a journey with a purpose to honor God. The Schoenstatt Movement of Austin invites you to join them on Friday, March 30, 2018 and walk in solemn remembrance of our Lord’s sacrifice. Pilgrims will gather at the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral at 12:30pm sharp and receive a send off blessing from Bishop Joe Vasquez before departing to the Shrine at 1:00pm