Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9 a.m.
What a wonderful show of faith! Approximately 300 pilgrims turned out in support of the restoration of the traditional liturgy, praying and singing hymns as they marched the five miles between the cathedrals of Arlington and Washington. A thousand thanks to all who marched, donated, prayed, or otherwise contributed to this effort!
Please see the Media & News page for photos and media coverage of the pilgrimage, especially if you were unable to join us in person.
So long as the ancient rites of the Church remain suppressed, this pilgrimage will remain a necessary witness to their power to inspire Catholic faith and Catholic action. To that end, the National Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage is set to become a recurring semi-annual event. See you again in March 2023!
On Saturday, September 17, 2022, we will mark the 15th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI, which went into effect on September 14, 2007, liberating the Traditional Latin Mass for all Latin Catholics.
In response to the cruel and unjust restrictions being placed on the celebration of the usus antiquior in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, as well as in many other places throughout the world, we will go on pilgrimage in a public act of sorrow for the destruction of the Western liturgical patrimony, and in support of its full and immediate restoration.
Arlington's restrictions went into effect on September 8, and Washington's will on September 21.
"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us, too."
—Pope Benedict XVI,
Accompanying letter to Summorum Pontificum, July 7, 2007
Our pilgrimage will begin at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va. From there, pilgrims will walk to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The route is a little more than five (5) miles and is expected to take about two (2) hours. Those who cannot make the journey on foot are encouraged to arrive at St. Matthew's by 11 a.m. to join in prayer. For more details, please see The Plan.
Please RSVP here (not required in order to attend, but helpful for planning).
If you want a church full of Catholics who know their faith, love their faith and practice their faith, give them a liturgy that is demanding, profound and rigourous. They will rise to the challenge.
—Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis