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Archdeaconry Pilgrimage - a spiritual experience

Archdeaconry Pilgrimage - a spiritual experience

The second of the four archdeaconry pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral took place on Saturday 14 July, led by the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby and Archdeacon of Horsham, Fiona Windsor.

The Horsham Archdeaconry pilgrimage saw good numbers despite the heat of the day and the tennis!

After a walk along the canal into Chichester town centre, around 80 people gathered at the cathedral cloisters where children were given an activity pack and each pilgrim received a small cross. After a prayer was said, the pilgrims entered the cathedral where they were welcomed by the Dean, Stephen Waine, who invited them to renew their Baptismal vows and sign themselves with water.

Pilgrim, Jenny Dennett, from St Mary Magdalene & St Denys, Midhurst, said how the relaxed atmosphere added to a truly memorable and spiritually enriching experience.

She said: “The suggestions for conversation on the walk were so helpful and made it easy to engage with people I had never met before. The way in which the worship in the cathedral was structured added real depth as we moved with purpose from place to place”.

For those that think they are familiar with the cathedral will still gain a lot from the pilgrimage. Jenny spoke about how she had previously spent a considerable amount of time in the cathedral as a guide and volunteer in the Learning and Engagement Department, but on this visit, as a pilgrim, she discovered new riches.

Churchwarden Mark Jones from St Augustine’s Scaynes Hill went one step further and cycled over 50 miles to join up with the pilgrims at Hunston via Brighton, Shoreham Harbour and Littlehampton.

He said: “The Pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral was mentioned by Lisa Barnett our vicar months ago and I decided after taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride that I would then focus on cycling from St Augustine’s Church to Chichester Cathedral. I thought a Pilgrimage is a journey, why not by bike? a modern take on an old theme.

“The mileage I calculated would be similar to the London to Brighton ride (55 miles) and in the end, St Augustine’s Church to Chichester Cathedral was (56 miles).

“A fantastic ride, a spiritual time in the Cathedral and a lovely picnic with friends from our church.”

Photos from the Horsham Archdeaconry Pilgrimage can be viewed on our Facebook page here

The next pilgrimage is Brighton and Lewes Archdeaconry on Saturday 21 July. You could just turn up at the meeting point in Hunston or you can book here