Pilgrims walk from London...
Pilgrims walk from London
Pilgrims walk to mark the 1000th anniversary of St Edmund’s body returning to Suffolk.
From 5 to 9 August a group of intrepid pilgrims will walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, London to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, to mark the 1000th anniversary of the returning of St Edmund’s body to the shrine in the Abbey of St Edmund.
Over 20 people have signed up for this 85 mile walk which will stop at significant places on the route including Greensted church, where it is believed that the body of the saint rested on its journey 1000 years ago, and St Stephen’s Chapel, Mount Bures, which is believed to be on the site of Edmund’s coronation in 855AD.
The pilgrimage is a joint venture between the two dioceses of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (Suffolk) and Chelmsford (Essex). The walkers come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences but together will undertake this venture led by the Reverend Canon Philip Banks, Precentor of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
The pilgrimage starts in London because this is where Saint Edmund’s body was kept for safety from marauding Viking raiders between 1010 and 1013.
‘Pilgrimage is an important theme for both dioceses as they look forward to their centenary celebrations in 2014,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
‘The pilgrimage not only marks an historic event, it will also make a significant impact on the communities through which it passes as prayers will be said at the beginning and end of each day’s walk.’
The pilgrimage culminates at 5.30 pm on Friday 9 August in Bury St Edmunds with a service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral during which it is hoped to say prayers at the site of the shrine of St Edmund in the Abbey Gardens.