Around 200 pilgrims came together on a somewhat blustery and initially damp day to celebrate the Feast of the Little Flower at Aylesford Priory in Kent. The day started with a Welcome Service at which a banner comprised of petitions sent in by members of the Society of the Little Flower from around the world was blessed. After he had blessed the banner, Fr Bob Colaresi, O. Carm., Director of the Society of the Little Flower in the United States gave an enlightening talk on the subject of St Thérèse and God’s Creation.
There followed a break for lunch with an opportunity to look round a photographic exhibition of projects funded by the Society of the Little Flower over the years; then young and old gathered around the Statue of St Thérèse in the grounds of the Priory clutching their roses.
The statue is situated in a small garden planted some years ago and maturing beautifully. Included in the planting are some rose bushes donated by a member of the Society in memory of some family members. A short service took place culminating in the blessing of the roses held high by those present, followed by the hymn of St Thérèse – “From your bright place in heaven.”
The day ended with Mass celebrated in the Relic Chapel by Fr Bob and Fr Kevin Alban, Prior Provincial and Chair of the Society here in the UK. As has become customary, the ladies of the St Thérèse Society from North London brought up the offertory whilst singing their hymn of praise to the Little Flower.