Can't Make the Chartres Pilgrimage? Join the Guardian Angels Chapter from HomeWritten by Michael J. Matt | Editor
How is it possible to go on the Chartres pilgrimage in this way?
The Church teaches us that “In the communion of saints, none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself" (Rm 14, 7). "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (1 Co 12, 26-27). In this solidarity with all men, living or dead, which is founded on the communion of saints, the least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n°953).
Moreover, moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n° 2010).
Thus in the communion of saints the prayers and sacrifices done by the “Guardian Angels”, wherever they are and united to God in charity, will merit new graces for the pilgrims, while on the other hand the prayers and sacrifices done by the walkers will merit graces for the “Guardian Angels”.
That reciprocity makes the “Guardian Angels” real pilgrims of the Chartres pilgrimage. It can be compared with the “cooperators” of Holy Mother Teresa who adopt a nun and offer for her all their suffering and prayers; the nun involves completely the cooperator in all her acts: they become closely united and may call each other “my second I”.
Who can take part in the pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels”?
The Chartres pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels” is meant for people who can’t be physically present during the three Pentecost days or who aren’t able to walk.
The “Guardian Angels” concerns the religious, the parents of young children, the invalids and the persons too old to walk the 100 km of the pilgrimage, the prisoners, the expats, the sailors and soldiers on a mission… In short, all people held up out of duty or because of their physical condition.
By creating this huge chain of prayer, we want to involve as many people as possible and enable everyone to be part of the Chartres pilgrimage.
Why to be part of the pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels”?
In these times where the Christian values are directly threatened, it’s urgent to spread and intensify the movement of prayers and penitence constituted by the Chartres pilgrimage. None must be prevented from being part of this movement. The prayer of the “Guardian Angels” united to the walkers will rise to God to implore his mercy, intercede for the Church and our society and convert the souls, so that the graces of the pilgrimage reach everybody.
What is the spirit of the Chartres pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels”?
Just like for the walkers, the Chartres pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels” is based on the three pillars of Tradition, Christendom and Mission.
“We are dwarves on the shoulders of giants”, Bernard de Chartres said in the 12th century: thus based on the doctrinal, liturgical and sacramental Tradition of the Church – with the Tridentine rite which we are attached to – we can ourselves add our stone to the edification of the 21st century.
That is possible above all with the restoration of Christendom. This is no outdating idea to make relive a time gone by: the Christendom is seen as the realization of “the kingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n° 2105). The philosopher Gustave Thibon saw it as “a civilization where the temporal is constantly irrigated by the eternal”.
How to go on the Chartres pilgrimage with the “Guardian Angels”?
The “Guardian Angels” of the Chartres pilgrimage make simple and clear commitments adapted to their situation: daily recitation of the pilgrimage’s prayer, and depending on one’s possibilities: rosary, mass, confession, charity work or penance acts.
The pilgrimage’s prayer is recited by all and is thereby an obvious tie between the “Guardian Angels” and the walkers. The “Guardian Angels” can receive the book of the pilgrimage on request and will thus be able to follow the meditations, nearly hour per hour. They will pray for the intentions of the pilgrimage and can conversely entrust the chapters of walkers with their prayer intentions.
The “Guardian Angels” can also gather locally to pray together.
A last word?
In the present circumstances it is urgent to pray. Praying is within everyone’s reach, whatever one’s situation may be. Therefore we encourage you to recruit “Guardian Angels” in your entourage: if one isn’t able to walk, one is always able to pray!
Watch the Final Mass in Chartres
The final Mass of the Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage in Chartres (France) will be broadcasted in live on the Notre-Dame de Chretiente website at this web address: http://www.nd-chretiente.com/index-eng.php (window in the top right hand corner).
The Mass will start on Monday 9th June 13:00 GMT. More than 10,000 pilgrims will attend this Mass.
Prayer of the Pentecost Pilgrimage
Our Lady, you who walked to the sanctuary of Bethlehem and fled to Egypt from the cruelty of Herod, we ask you to watch over your pilgrims to Chartres.
Like them, you have known the fatigue and the hardships of the road and persevered for your Divine Son.
Give us, O Mary, the ardour of your faith, the firmness of your hope and the fervour of your charity. Between your two cathedrals where we walk today, in body or in spirit, the love of your Son lights our path and illuminates our soul.
Bring to God our prayers, offer Him our sufferings and present to Him our pains.
So that at the end of our earthly pilgrimage, we may enter the house of the Father, to sing with all the angels and saints the eternal Sanctus !
Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.