Services & times
Remembering St Edward, 13th-17th October 2021
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.
Wednesday 13th October 2021
The Translation of St Edward the Confessor, 1163, 1269
5.00pm – Sung Eucharist
Friday 15th October 2021
5.00pm – Evensong sung by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral
Saturday 16th October 2021
National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor
10:00am - Abbey opens for pilgrims
11.30am – Festival Eucharist
Preacher: The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor
3.00pm – First Evensong of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey
Sunday 17th October 2021
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
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.