RC Diocese of Aberdeen

St Magnus’ Pilgrimage – A Pilgrim’s Diary

St Magnus’ Pilgrimage – A Pilgrim’s Diary

A compiled diary, video and photographs of events from the Diocese of Aberdeen’s Pilgrimage to Orkney as part of the Magnus900 events.

This special and unique weekend was build around four main events; a series of talks, a walking pilgrimage at Birsay, a pilgrimage to Egilsay and culminated with the celebration of Mass in St Magnus Cathedral. Each event was uniquely planned to follow part of St Magnus’ life; to celebrate and to remember him.  Participating throughout the weekend were three Archbishops, nine Bishops and some Priests from across Scotland, the UK and Scandinavia.

Alongside these planned events, many pilgrims took the opportunity to explore the beautiful islands of Orkney and to visit other places with links to St Magnus, the Catholic faith and the general history of these special isles.

This pilgrim’s diary was compiled with photographs, text and reflection by Sabrina Maguire along with additional text by James Coll, photographs by pilgrims & Bishop Nicholas Hudson and videos by Sancta Familia Media

A special word of “Thanks” to all the people involved in creating this joyous weekend.

St Magnus is the patron saint of Orkney. He was killed on the island of Egilsay by his cousin Haakon. Although the actual date is known, (April 16th), the year is any of the years from 1115 to 1118, the most probable being 1117. Magnus was declared a saint about 20 years after his death, and there having been several miracles associated with him. His nephew, St Rognvald, built St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall to his memory, starting in 1137.