The Easter Pilgrimage is a small whirlwind OMV trip, visiting different European cities for Holy Week. Since its inception in 2009, we’ve visited Rome, Malta, Paris and in 2015 the world famous Semana Santa celebrations in Seville. We returned to Rome for Easter 2016 as part of the Pope’s Year of Mercy and will be travelling to Florence for Easter 2017.
There is always a fantastic mixture of beautiful Holy Week services, cultural outings and OMV silliness, with plenty of time to sample the local cuisine. In past trips we have covered everything from Easter Sunday Mass with the Holy Father in Rome to roller-skating Maltese parrots, and veneration of the Crown of Thorns in Notre Dame de Paris to learning the art of flamenco.
It is a wonderful opportunity to experience all the work, spirituality and socialising of the OMV, but on a much smaller scale – we are a team of just 10 Hospital Pilgrims and 20 Volunteers. It is a chance to visit a beautiful city and celebrate Holy Week in a way you’ve never done before – it’s always a hugely fun and intensely emotional experience that you will never forget.