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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Oh, right, the pilgrimage

Hey, it's already Easter, which means it's time for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, for whoever happens to hear about this and wants to come.

I'm going to arbitrarily say, "Let's have it on a weekend in May! (But not May 22, when I'll be at a meeting across the street from the Basilica.)"

There's a poll in the column on the left where you can vote for a date. If you can make several dates, you can vote for each, although you can only vote once a day, because this is the Internet, where integrity is paramount and vote-stacking is not an option, unless I want to upgrade to the premium service, which I don't.

And remember: A Marian Year has been declared in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, so "a Plenary Indulgence, provided that disposition toward any sin is excluded and under the customary conditions (sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff), is to be attained by the Christian faithful in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception from December 8, 2003 to December 8, 2004, whenever they will travel there for a pious pilgrimage or in a crowd and they devoutly attend any sacred function or at least recite in common the Lord's Prayer and the Symbol of Faith and even just once, on a day freely chosen by each member of the faithful."