The weather has been much better today, apart from a shower during the Blessed Sacrament Procession. This morning, we had Mass in the Crypt, joined by one or two people from Florida, USA. After Mass, I saw the Birmingham Pilgrimage photo being taken and later on met Archbishop Nicholls - he told me that there are over 2000 pilgrims here from the Archdiocese. Middlesborough and Plymouth are also here and so I have met several priest friends from those parts of the world. Here is the Birmingham line-up:
In the afternoon, we gathered at the Grotto to say the Rosary and then took the children in for a special blessing.
We touched the walls of the grotto and the water that was running down.
After that, just time for a coffee and then the Blessed Sacrament Procession which ends with Benediction in the underground Basilica.