St Edward the Confessor National Pilgrimage
Saturday 14th October 2017 from 9.30am
The annual pilgrimage day takes place in the Octave of Edwardtide, and offers a unique opportunity to visit the Abbey along with other pilgrims to experience its beauty and space in a prayerful atmosphere. Most importantly, all our pilgrims will have the opportunity to pray at the Shrine of St Edward - the only shrine in this country which still contains the body of the saint.
All our pilgrims are offered a prayer tour which takes them into every part of the Abbey, its precincts and gardens - so you will see the stunning Lady Chapel, the Royal Tombs, Poets’ Corner, the Chapter House, the Museum and the College Garden which now has a special herb garden where you can sit on a Camomile bench and take in the fragrant scents of the herbs and flowers. Activities for children will be offered in the Education Centre and around the Abbey and its precincts. School groups are very welcome.
During the course of the day priests will be on duty for individual spiritual counselling and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition there will be regular opportunities to renew Baptism Promises and to participate in Healing Liturgies with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing, a lecture will be given on the life of St Edward, and walking pilgrims will be welcomed with a foot washing rite.
9.30am Abbey opens for Pilgrims
11.30am Festival Eucharist
Preacher: The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
Saint Edward: Saint and Symbol – Professor Paul Binski
3.00pm Evensong with Procession
Touch tours and BSL (British Sign Language) tours and Eucharist will be available on the day.
You are welcome to any part or all of the day, you may come as an individual or as part of a group - all are welcome and there is no cost. It is not necessary for individuals to book but it would help in the planning of the day to know about larger groups. Booking is necessary for school groups.