Pilgrimage to St Albans

A first for the parish on Saturday 23 June 2012 when a group of us made an early morning start to join the Alban pilgrimage.

People from all over the country assembled in St Albans to celebrate England's first martyr.

His trial and martyrdom were enacted by giant puppets as we processed from Verulaneum (the old Roman town) to the cathedral.

A festival Eucharist at which our own priest Trevor Thurston-Smith concelebrated was held in a packed cathedral, where the Archbishop of York preached.

Afterwards the pilgrims sought refreshment in the town before returning to the cathedral for a Festival Evensong, where the Archbishop of Westminster preached, and completed their pilgrimage by placing red roses on the Saint's shrine. There were also opportunities during the afternoon to attend a service of anointing and healing and to take part in an Eastern Orthodox service.

It was a moving and inspiring day where we were able to share with thousands of others in worship and praise, and thanks must go to Trevor for organising this day.

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Peter Yates