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Services & times

Edwardtide

Remembering St Edward, 11th–14th October 2018

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’s welcome, and you don’t need a ticket.


Services

Thursday 11th October

5.00pm - First Evensong of the Translation of St Edward The Confessor, King, 1163-1269

Friday 12th October - The Translation of St Edward the Confessor, 1163-1269

5.00pm - Sung Eucharist

Saturday 13th October - National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

11.30am - Festival Eucharist

3.00pm - First Evensong of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey

Other events will take place throughout the day.

Sunday 14th October - Dedication of Westminster Abbey, 1269

10.30am - Sung Eucharist


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.

Touch tours and BSL (British Sign Language) tours and Eucharist will be available on the day.

Prayer tours

We offer all pilgrims a prayer tour, which takes you into every part of the Abbey, its precincts and gardens. You’ll see the stunning Lady Chapel, the Royal Tombs, Poets’ Corner, and the Chapter House – also the College Garden, where you can sit on a camomile bench and enjoy the fragrant scents of herbs and flowers.

Children and schools

There are plenty of activities for children around the Abbey and its precincts on pilgrimage day. School groups are welcome to come along.

Pastoral care and spiritual growth

During the course of the day, priests will be on duty for individual spiritual counselling and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You’ll also have the opportunity to renew baptism promises and take part in healing liturgies with the laying-on of hands and anointing. We welcome walking pilgrims with a foot-washing rite.

Booking

Anyone can come to the pilgrimage day free of charge.

If you’re an individual pilgrim or in a small group, you don’t need to book, and you’re welcome to any or all parts of the day.

Larger groups and school groups should book, as this helps us plan the day and support your visit.

For more information and bookings, please contact:

Tiggy Sawbridge
Canons’ PA
020 7654 4805
[email protected]

The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.

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