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Edwardtide

Remembering St Edward, 13th-18th October 2020

Illuminated manuscript showing St Edward the Confessor

During Edwardtide, we celebrate the life of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–1066 and the re-founder of Westminster Abbey. St Edward was canonised in 1161, and to this day, pilgrims come to pray at his shrine.

Join us in this feast to commemorate the life and work of St Edward, king and confessor, in prayer and praise. Everyone is welcome.


Services

Tuesday 13th October 2020 – The Translation of St Edward the Confessor, 1163, 1269

5.00pm – Sung Eucharist

Friday 16th October 2020

5.00pm – Evensong

Saturday 17th October 2020 – National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

11.30am – Festival Eucharist - Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster
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3.00pm – First Evensong of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey
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Sunday 18th October 2020 – Dedication of Westminster Abbey, 1269

11.15am – Sung Eucharist on the Dedication of Westminster Abbey

3.00pm – Evensong celebrating the Feast of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayors of the London Boroughs - Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's


National pilgrimage day

Our annual pilgrimage day gives you the opportunity to visit the Abbey with other pilgrims, and experience its beauty and space in an atmosphere characterised by prayer. Everyone will be able to pray at the Shrine of St Edward – the only shrine in this country that still contains the body of the saint.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to offer the usual range of activities, but there will be an opportunity, between the Sung Eucharist and Evensong, to visit the Shrine and to add our prayers to those that have been offered down the centuries.

In 2021 we hope to offer the full programme once again.

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

Valerie - Foundation Director

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