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St Lide Pilgrimage

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The Annual Pilgrimage to the Island of St Lide and chapel of St Elidius
Commonly called St Helen’s

 

St Lide

St Lide (or Elidius, often shortened to Elid on Scilly) was thought to be a Celtic hermit saint from around the 8C; who settled on and gave his name to the island now called St Helen's, where remains, both of his buildings and of his tomb, have been found. He probably lived in the round hut on the west side. The oratory, the earliest religious building, is a rectangular structure on the north. The earliest pottery found in the ruins dates from the 11th century. A much larger church was built in the centre in the 13C for the growing but small community living on the island under the rule of Tavistock Abbey; whose calendar includes a feast of St Lide on 8th August, adding that he was a bishop buried on the Isles of Scilly. 

A 13C Norse saga tells of Olaf Tryggvasson (born c. 964—died c. 1000) being converted, by a holy man. Legend connects this conversion to St Lide. Olaf was a Viking king of Norway (995–c. 1000) who made the first effective effort to Christianise Norway. 

In 1461 all pirates who raided the Isles of Scilly were excommunicated, and as the much-visited chapel of St Elidius was in great need of repair and new furnishings, an indulgence was granted to all who visited it at the feasts of Christmas, St John Baptist, and St Elidius. Today pilgrims continue to visit this holy place.

References; Oxford Reference, celticglory.com, Synaxarion.org.uk

Pilgrimage

The Church on earth is a pilgrim on a journey to the glory of heaven (Catechism of the Catholic Church 846). The very act of travelling from one place to another can express our spiritual journey to God. A pilgrim travels with eyes fixed on Jesus and an openness to the possibility of undergoing spiritual transformation in the Spirit. 

Intention

To start, choose an intention for the pilgrimage. Your intention can be a form of petition requesting a special grace from God for yourself or on behalf of another. You can also offer a pilgrimage in thanksgiving for blessings already received. Moreover, you can offer a pilgrimage as a form of penance as you seek to renew your relationship with God and commit to beginning again.

What intention will you carry in your heart along the way?

Prayer of Intention

Lord Jesus Christ,

You call me to follow you, and I choose to walk with you.

Open the eyes of my heart to see my life in a new way. 

With each step I take, help me to be open to change. 

As I walk this pilgrimage, give me the grace to… 

[here mention your intention in your own words]

I ask this in your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

 

Prayer upon arrival at St Helen's

Lord Jesus Christ,

By your Passion and Resurrection

you obtained for me

the power to strip away the old self

and to step into new life.

As I cross the threshold of this Holy Place,

I leave behind...

[here mention in your own words what you want to leave behind in order to

follow Jesus more closely as his disciple]

Show me your mercy and come to my aid.

I ask this in your Most Holy Name. Amen.

 

Prayer whilst on the island (in the Oratory; small chapel behind the church)

Heavenly Father, 

I thank you for the gift of your servant, St. Lide, 

and for the dedicated lives

of all who lived in community on this island. 

Help me to walk in their footsteps

and grow as your disciple.

May I be always faithful and courageous 

in living and proclaiming

the Gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ.

May your Church always seek to do your will, 

and be the sign of your love for all peoples.

Cleanse me, renew me and strengthen me,

so by your grace and through the intercession of St Lide

I may follow Jesus with joy and holiness of life.

I ask this, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayer upon leaving St Helen's

Lord Jesus Christ,

I give you thanks for calling me to be your disciple

and for sending me to be your disciple in the world.

As I step forth from this holy place,

give me the grace to be an authentic witness

to your love by my life 

and to proclaim you on my lips with joy.

I ask this in your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

 

Prayer as you end your pilgrimage

Lord Jesus Christ,

As this pilgrimage comes to an end,

help me to walk in newness of life.

By your Spirit, transform me into your likeness.

Help me to grow ...

[here mention in your own words any attributes of Jesus you want to grow in (patience, humility, compassion, etc.)]

Jesus, fill me with your life and love.

I ask this in your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

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Prayer and blessing at the start of the Pilgrimage

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

 

All-powerful God, you always show your mercy and you are never far away from those who seek you. You led your people safely through the desert and brought them to a land of plenty. Remain with your servants on this holy pilgrimage and guide their ways in accordance with your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

The God of heaven has made a home on earth

Christ dwells among us and is one with us.

 

May the Lord guide us and direct our journey in safety.  Amen. 

May the Lord be our companion along the way.  Amen.

May the Lord grant that the journey we begin, relying on him, will end happily through his protection.  Amen.

 

And the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, 

be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

 

We go forth in peace;

Thanks to God.

Service in the chapel of St Elidius

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Almighty God, as we come together to celebrate the life and witness of St Lide, in this place of ancient prayer, may we, inspired by his example of faith, give ourselves fully to your service, both now in our pilgrimage and worship, and for always, bounded in your love.  We pray this through your own son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

Tune: Monks Gate,  He who would valiant be

Come, faithful pilgrims all,

give God the glory.

Let all who here has called

tell out his story:

How he sent Israel free

from Egypt’s slavery, 

and called them out to be

a pilgrim people.

 

Out on the desert way,

in all its starkness, 

faith led them through the day,

and lit their darkness. 

No written guarantee,

no easy certainty, 

just God’s great call to be

a pilgrim people.

 

Let all the world rejoice

in exaltation; 

let every silent voice

sing of salvation. 

Loose all the chains that bind,

set free both heart and mind, 

and make all humankind

a pilgrim people.

 

Psalm 84

       Blessed are they who dwell in your house.

R:  Blessed are they who dwell in your house.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!  My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. [R]

 

The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:  at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house:  they will always be praising you. [R]

 

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,  in whose heart are the highways to Zion, Who going through the barren valley find there a spring,  and the early rains will clothe it with blessing. They will go from strength to strength  and appear before God in Zion. [R]

 

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;  listen, O God of Jacob. Behold our defender, O God,  and look upon the face of your anointed. For one day in your courts  is better than a thousand. [R]

 

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of ungodliness. For the Lord God is both sun and shield; he will give grace and glory;  no good thing shall the Lord withhold from those who walk with integrity.

O Lord God of hosts,  blessed are those who put their trust in you. [R]

 

Old Testament Reading

A reading from the prophet Micah

Many nations will come and say,

“Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord
And to the house of the God of Jacob,

That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”                        

Micah 4:2

     This is the Word of the Lord

    Thanks be to God

 

Tune: Catherine’s Court​

In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer

For the saints who before us have found their reward;

When the shadow of death fell upon them we sorrowed,

But now we rejoice that they rest in the Lord.

 

In the morning of life, and at noon, and at even,

He called them away from our worship below;

But not till his love, at the font and the altar,

Had girt them with grace for the way they should go.

 

These stones that have echoed their praises are holy,

And dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;

Yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims,

And still they were seeking the city of God.

 

Sing praise then, for all who here sought and here found him,

Whose journey is ended, whose perils are past:

They believed in the Light; and its glory is round them,

Where the clouds of earth's sorrow are lifted at last.

New Testament Reading

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke

He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.                              

Luke 12. 22-31

    This is the Word of the Lord

   Thanks be to God

 

Prayers 

After each response silence is held 

God is the beginning and end of life’s pilgrimage. Let us call upon him in confidence, saying:

Lord, be the companion on our journey.

 

Father all-holy,

of old you made yourself the guide and the way of your people as they wandered in the desert;

be our protection as we journey together. 

Lord, be the companion on our journey.

 

You have given us your only Son to be our way to you; make us follow him faithfully and unswervingly.

Lord, be the companion on our journey.

 

You gave us the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Agnes, St Helen, St Lide, St Martin and all the Saints

as the image and model for following Christ;

grant that through their example we may live a new life.

Lord, be the companion on our journey.

 

You guide your pilgrim Church on earth

through the Holy Spirit;

may we seek you in all things

and walk always in the way of your commandments. 

Amen.

 

Collect for St Lide

O God,

who by the teaching of your blessèd servant Lide,

did cause the light of the Gospel to shine in this land;

grant, we beseech you, that having his life and labours in remembrance,

we may show forth our thankfulness to you for the same,

by following the example of his zeal and patience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, 

hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Tune: Blaenwern,   Love divine, all loves excelling

Praise to God for saints and martyrs, inspiration to us all; 

In the presence of our Saviour, their example we recall: 

Lives of holy contemplation, sacrifice or simple love, 

Witnesses to truth and justice, honoured here and crowned above.

 

How long to share the story, faithful in response to Grace,

Signs of God's eternal presence in the realm of time and space.

Now, the pilgrimage completed, cross of Christ their only boast, 

they unite their own rejoicing with the great angelic host.

 

Saints and  Martyrs, now in glory, robed before your saviour’s face,

Let us join your intercession for God's holy human race.

Let us join with you in singing Mary's liberation song,

Till a just and free creation sings, with the angelic throng: 

 

Praise and honour to the father, adoration to the Son,

With the all-embracing Spirit, wholly Three, and holy One.

All the universe, united in complete diversity,

Sings as one your endless praises, ever blessèd Trinity!

 

The Blessing

All-powerful God, you always show your mercy toward those who love you and you are never far away from those seek you.

Remain with your servants on this holy pilgrimage and guide their ways in accordance with your will.

As they journey throughout their lives shelter them with your protection by day,

give them the light of your grace at night,

and may they always remember that you are their companion throughout their journey.

Amen.

 

May the Lord guide you and direct your journey in safety.  Amen. 

May the Lord be your companion along the way.  Amen.

May the Lord grant that all your journeys begin and rely on him, and end happily through his protection.  Amen.

 

And the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, 

be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Go forth in peace;

Thanks be to God.

Prayer to use in St Lide's Oratory (small chapel north of the church)

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of your servant, St. Lide, 

and for the dedicated lives of all who lived in community on this island. 

Help me to walk in their footsteps and grow as your disciple.

May I be always faithful and courageous 

in living and proclaiming the Gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ.

May your Church always seek to do your will, 

and be the sign of your love for all peoples.

Cleanse me, renew me and strengthen me,

so by your grace and through the intercession of St Lide I may follow Jesus with joy and holiness of life.

I ask this, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer upon leaving St Helen's

Lord Jesus Christ, we give you thanks for calling us to be your disciples and sending us out into the world.

As we step forth from this holy place, give us the grace to be an authentic witness of your love by our lives,

and to proclaim you on our lips with joy.

We ask this in your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

 

Prayer at the end of the pilgrimage

Lord Jesus Christ, as this pilgrimage comes to an end, help us to walk in newness of life.

By your Spirit, transform us into your likeness and fill us with your life and love.

We ask this in your Most Holy Name.  Amen.

Copyright acknowledgement: Material included in this service from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and 2007. Hymns and music produced under the CCLI Licence number 1203908. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Version of the Bible copyright: © 1989 by the Division  of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA.  Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.

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