When I arrived the Melbourne International Airport on 10 July 2008, I read a letter by Archbishop Hart on a pilgrim's guide. He recommends that our pilgrimage should begin in prayer, be a journey in prayer, and end in prayer. And I was lucky I did it.
When our pilgrimage begins in prayer it implies that we receive the forgiveness of Jesus, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our journey is made light when we cast all our sins and cares at the foot of the Calvary Cross and receive the merciful forgiveness of the Father of us all. It means that when we all celebrate the Commissioning Mass on Friday 11 July we receive the grace and nourishment of Jesus, the Word and Bread of Life, for our journey. It means that we prepare ourselves by prayer and fasting. We invoke the angels and saints to accompany us on our way.
+ Denis J Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne "Welcome to the Great Pilgrimage". DID08 Pilgrims Edition, July 2008, p3.