Thank you to the several hundred pilgrims who made their way to St Patrick’s in Edinburgh’s Cowgate on Sunday 9 September to pray at the tomb of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair (1900-25) in order to pray for her beatification. The vice-postulator of her cause, Father Joe McAuley of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, gives the following note of thanks:

“On Sunday I had had the joy and the privilege of taking part in the Annual Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Venerable Margaret Sinclair. Margaret’s remains, very fittingly, now rest at the altar of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh. This is very fitting as she not only had a life long passion for Christ but this was the parish church in which she was baptised, received all the sacraments and lived her Catholic faith.”

“The sun shone within and without the Church! Archbishop Cushley described it as the biggest congregation of the faithful for the pilgrimage for very many years and the atmosphere of prayer, joy and enthusiasm was tangible.”

“Many years ago Pope Saint John Paul II said to the bishops of Scotland, “tell your people to pray for a miracle”. As the Vice-Postulator for her Cause for Beatification I have been working very closely with the Committee to spread the devotion and to encourage parishes, schools and individuals to ‘storm Heaven’ with prayers and petitions through her intercession. There are constant ‘miracles’ taking place as is testified by personal witness and correspondence but not yet the ‘First Class Miracle’ that we need. We have ‘hit the bar’ on a number of occasions, but not yet ‘hit the back of the net’!!”

“If those who came on Sunday are able to spread their joy and enthusiasm, then I am very hopeful that God will soon give the Church the sign which she needs." Venerable Margaret Sinclair, pray for us! Some of the photographs of the day are reproduced below: