Norwich pilgrimage takes in two cathedrals

A pilgrimage taking in both of Norwich’s cathedrals and the Julian Shrine was organised by the Norwich Secular Franciscans on Sunday July 26. Anne Murrin reports.

After a very enjoyable Sunday roast at the St John's RC Cathedral Narthex, our pilgrimage through the city began with members from various parishes joining us as we walked through the city to the Julian Shrine.
There we were warmly welcomed by Fr Christopher Wood, Rector of St Julian’s, who entertained us with a question-and-answer session regarding details of the filming of the recently televised BBC4 programme "The Search for the Lost Manuscript".  

This was followed by a talk on Mother Julian herself by Dr Pauline Lovelock, who has been Learning Project Officer at the Shrine and who joined us on the pilgrimage.  Afterwards we continued our walk to the Anglican Cathedral where we attended Evensong, followed by refreshments in the Refectory. 

Suitably sustained, the pilgrimage finally ended back at St John's where we walked through the Holy Door, followed by further prayers before returning home after a very enjoyable day. 

Throughout the pilgrimage our banner was valiantly carried by Brother Sam Tassili and we chatted to various members of the public along the way about the Franciscan ideal.  The pilgrimage was so successful that we discussed the possibility of making it an annual event maybe to include other churches from Norwich’s rich heritage.

Pictured above are the pilgrims outside the Holy Door at Norwich RC Cathedral.


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