This was the start of what has become a long tradition of people making their way to Egmanton on pilgrimage to offer special Prayers at this Holy place.
These visits took place regularly until the Shrine was removed at the time of the Reformation and the Church reverted to being just an ordinary village parish Church, although still under the dedication to St. Mary.
It was only when the Church underwent the restoration by Comper that the Shrine figure was reintroduced and in the early part of the last century the practice of offering Daily Devotions to Our Lady had been restored. It was not until Easter Monday 1929 that the first organised pilgrimage in modern times took place.
From that time onwards the parish has had a special ministry of welcoming visitors from all over the World, who have come to offer their prayers at this Shrine. The Parish works alongside the SOLE seeking to encourage people to come to this Shrine. The Parish is small in numbers and knows that without the work and support of the Society keeping this Holy Place open would be very difficult. We welcome all who want to visit this Church. This can be done as individuals or in groups. Some people turn up whilst touring the area and contact locally a key holder. Others arrange a time for someone to open the Church for them. Either way the Parish seeks to make all welcome.
If you wish to come to Egmanton you could come with members of your parish please contact the Vicar, Fr Christopher Levy on 01623 860522 or [email protected] to discuss the best way for your pilgrimage to take place. There is a village Hall, which offers toilets and facilities for making drinks. In addition local people can always provide catering at a reasonable cost if you wish to bring a larger group. Either way to book the hall or discuss catering phone Mr Stead on 01777 870 375
Fr. Christopher Levy. Vicar