Last Sunday we met at Osmotherley in North Yorkshire for our Lenten Way of the Cross for families.
The origins of the Lady Chapel there are not known. A licence for Mass to be celebrated regularly in the chapel was granted in 1397 and it was given to the monks of the Carthusian Order in 1398.
After the monks came, the chapel was also used as a hermitage.
Anticipating the Reformation, the Lady Chapel had been leased to relatives of the Prior and so remained untouched unlike Mount Grace Priory. The Carthusians were re-established during the reign of Queen Mary. The chapel gradually became a popular pilgrimage centre.
On the 7th September 1614, the eve of the Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday, a group of 17 Catholics were arrested for praying in the chapel.
By 1642 the chapel had fallen into a state of disrepair.
Today it is once again a place of pilgrimage and looked after by the monks at Ampleforth. You can read a fuller history at www.ladychapel.org.uk
We were blessed with a glorious sunny day. We walked from Station to Station reading prayers and the children showing their art work at each one. At each station, also, a child took a symbol from our 'Way of the Cross' Box to carry the rest of the way e.g. rope to represent Jesus hands being tied at Station One; a rosary to represent Jesus meeting his mother at Station Four, a large nail for Station Ten and so on. In the Chapel these were lovingly placed back in the box before we prayed our JPII's Prayer for Families and our Daily Prayer of Consecration.
We sang the Salve Regina and then enjoyed tea and sweet treats on the lawn beside the chapel.
If you haven't walked the Way of the Cross yet this Lent why not arrange to do so in a church or up a hill? If you are unable to walk, there are Stations of the Cross online at
Many thanks to Paul for these photos as mine were lost in the upload.