Archdeaconry pilgrimage – a spiritual activity
The first of the four archdeaconry pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral took place on Saturday 9 June. The Chichester Archdeaconry pilgrimage was Led by the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby.
After walking in from Hunston along the canal into Chichester town centre, around 80 people gathered at the cathedral cloisters where each pilgrim received a small cross, and a prayer was said.
Pilgrims were welcomed into the cathedral by the Dean, Stephen Waine, who invited then to renew their Baptismal Vows and invited the pilgrims to sign themselves with water.
The residentiary canon then presented the Icon of St Richard.
A Homily was given by Bishop Mark followed by hymns, prayers and the Eucharist.
Bishop Mark said: 'It was a pleasure and privilege to lead pilgrims from around the Chichester Archdeaconry to our Cathedral.
“Setting off from Hunston and following the canal path, we crossed the bridge from which Turner painted the Cathedral; we walked and talked and prayed before being met by The Dean and Canon Schofield who shared in a 'stational' Eucharist in our mother church. It was a lovely way to begin our diocesan season of pilgrimages.'
Revd Paul Matthews, retired vicar from Chidham, took part in the pilgrimage with his wife Zena. He said: “Pilgrimage is such an accessible spiritual activity, available to all in one form or another. It underscores the fact that we are on this journey of faith together - we are not alone in our travelling and that we can meet the Lord in our companions.
“The walk from Hunston to the Cathedral filled with chat, prayer and a lovely awareness of the people and place met the very best expectations.”
Please pray for Archdeacon Douglas who was unable to take part at short notice due to a medical emergency. His leaving service on 16 June has been postponed.
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The next archdeaconry pilgrimage is Archdeaconry of Horsham on Saturday 14 July 2018 - you can book here