Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey – Saturday 14th October 2017

National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor.

Our pilgrimage is very informal, everyone is welcome to join us.  There is no cost apart from Travel.

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.

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.

Pilgrimage Programme

9.30am Abbey opens for Pilgrims

11.30am Festival Eucharist
Preacher: The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester

3.00pm Evensong with Procession

Travel by Train from Staines Station.  We will be catching the 08:38 from Staines.  We should be back by 6pm.  Please bring a contactless card for the short bus trip (it’s cheaper than getting a travelcard).   It is possible for small groups to get a good discount, so please arrive early (and/or bring a railcard).

Our pilgrimage is very informal, everyone is welcome to join us.  There is no cost apart from Travel.

For further details or to register your interest, contact Fr. Peter Jenner   email: peter@stainesparish.org.uk