Pilgrims enroute 2011

The Chartres pilgrimage (French: pèlerinage de Chartres), also known in French as the pèlerinage de Chrétienté (English: pilgrimage of Christendom), is an annual pilgrimage from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres occurring around the Christian feast of Pentecost, organized by Notre-Dame de Chrétienté (English: Our Lady of Christendom), a Catholic lay non-profit organization based in Versailles, France. Although the pilgrimage has existed since 1983, the organisation was not founded until 2000. There is also a pilgrimage in an opposite direction from Chartres to Paris called Pèlerinage de Tradition (Pilgrimage of Tradition) and organised by the Society of Saint Pius X.

The pilgrimage characteristically makes use of the form of the Tridentine Mass - Roman Rite antecedent to the Vatican II-related liturgical reforms of the Roman Rite of Mass.

In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the pilgrimage, amid rumours of a forthcoming papal document favouring use of the 1962 Roman Missal – the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was in fact published on 7 July of that year – there were nearly ten thousand pilgrims in Chartres on Pentecost Monday May 28 despite difficult weather conditions.[1]


Elevation of the chalice at a pre-Vatican II-style Tridentine Mass in Notre-Dame de Chartres on the occasion of a Pilgrimage of Christendom.
Notre-Dame de Paris.
Notre-Dame de Chartres.

Chartres was a place of pilgrimage even before its Gothic cathedral was built and, by the end of the 12th century, became one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Europe. It was at a pilgrimage instead to the tomb of Fr. Emmanuel in Mesnil-Saint-Loup[2] that the traditionalist Catholic organization Centre Henri et André Charlier decided to initiate a traditionalist pilgrimage from the cathedral of Paris to that of Chartres. The pilgrimage gradually grew in popularity.[citation needed]


In 1988, traditionalist archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four priests as bishops against the express order of Pope John Paul II, an act of schism that split the traditionalist community.[citation needed]

The pilgrimage of Notre-Dame de Chrétienté from Paris to Chartres, now with over ten thousand participants each year, has kept the name Pèlerinage de Chrétienté (Pilgrimage of Christendom);[3][4] but another pilgrimage, associated with the Society of Saint Pius X, goes from Chartres to Paris and is called Pèlerinage de Tradition (Pilgrimage of Tradition).[5]


See also


  1. ^ "le Pèlerinage Notre-Dame de Chrétienté | Cathédrale de Chartres". www.cathedrale-chartres.org. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  2. ^ Présentation du Père Emmanuel du Mesnil-Saint-Loup sur le site Esprit et Vie
  3. ^ "Pentecost pilgrimage of Chartres - Notre-Dame de Chrétienté - Our Lady of Christendom". www.nd-chretiente.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  4. ^ "Pèlerinage de Chartres Pentecôte - Notre-Dame de Chrétienté". www.nd-chretiente.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  5. ^ "Dates et parcours". Pèlerinages de Tradition (in French). 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2020-04-19.