With their medieval-styled banners unfurling in the breeze, the weary but joyful pilgrims make their way towards the magnificent Sacred Heart Cathedral of Bendigo, singing the triumphant hymn, 'Gloria Laus'. They have been walking for three days through picturesque Victorian countryside since beginning their journey at St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat. Soon they will walk through the doors of the Cathedral, feeling exhausted and dusty, to be transformed and uplifted by a glorious Solemn Mass accompanied by the Sacred Music of the Church - Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony!
The Christus Rex Pilgrimage has been an annual event in Australia since 1991 and is modeled on the medieval Paris to Chartres Pilgrimage in France which, today, attracts about 15,000 pilgrims - mainly young traditional Catholics from all regions of France and beyond.
The Christus Rex Pilgrimage is held on the traditional feast of Christ the King. The pilgrims come from all parts of Australia, united in their love of a Liturgy full of history and solemnity and their desire to give public honour to Christ the King.
Since the early days of the Church, Catholics have been encouraged to go on pilgrimage as a form of penance or to seek spiritual favours.
Why not join us, this year, on the road to Bendigo as we walk behind the Rampant Lion - our medieval banner of Christ the King!
Christus Rex Pilgrimages take place in October. Why not sign up at Christus Rex now!