Welby plans provincial pilgrimage of prayer

22 February 2013

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Preparation: Archbishop Welby will spend the first afternoon of his journey in prayer in Norwich Cathedral 

Preparation: Archbishop Welby will spend the first afternoon of his journey in prayer in Norwich Cathedral 

THE Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting "as many people as possible" to join him on a pilgrimage around the province of Canterbury in the days leading up to his enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March.

The Archbishop's website calls the pilgrimage a "Journey in Prayer", and says: "The Archbishop will visit one city on each day of the journey, and spend that day in prayer. Those who join the Archbishop in prayer will be able to pray in ways that reflect the broad traditions of Anglican spirituality, and which welcome all ages."

The pilgrimage will begin in Norwich on 14 March, after a celebration of the eucharist with the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, and the Bishop's staff.

Archbishop Welby will lead prayers at 11.45 a.m. at the Forum, a community building in the centre of Norwich, and then walk to Norwich Cathedral, giving out candles to members of the public along the way. He will pray in the cathedral from noon to 5.30 p.m. at several different "stations", a statement from Norwich diocese said. These include "a children's prayer space, which schools will be invited to visit; a prayer tree where prayers can be written, prayed, and hung on the tree; a prayer map and globe to include prayers for the world-wide Anglican Communion; prayer through text messages; icons and candles, and music".

Bishop James said: "It will be very good to pray with and for Archbishop Justin, and to ask God to bless and strengthen him in his new responsibilities. . . Nothing quite like it has happened before, and we are busily preparing to make it special. Everyone who wants to support our new Archbishop will be very welcome."

After visiting Norwich, Archbishop Welby will visit Coventry diocese, on 15 March; London and Southwark dioceses, on 16 March; Truro diocese, on 18 March; and Chichester diocese, on 19 March.

Further details of his pilgrimage will be available in due course on his website (www.archbishopofcanterbury.org).

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