Pilgrimage comes from the Latin word Peregrinatio, which means “stranger” or “one from abroad”. I have been a scholar of pilgrimage since 2014 and have written on pilgrimage as well as leading overseas pilgrimages. This pilgrimage will be a new type of pilgrimage, in that it will combine a choir residency with a pilgrimage. Our pilgrims are not only choir members but others too.
For this pilgrimage we head north, to towns that were remote for early and medieval Christians, some of which seem quite remote, even to this day, such as Lindisfarne or Holy Island, where the hermit St. Cuthbert served as Abbot; or Whitby where the Celts and the mainstream Church in Rome finally decided who was in charge. We will also visit cities such as Durham and York and our Sunday residency will be at Selby Abbey.
Please join us through this blog and follow our sacred journey as pilgrims will be blogging each day about their experiences. Hopefully you will be inspired to join us next time.
Saturday September 10 – DEPART WASHINGTON
Depart Washington on your flight to Glasgow.
Sunday September 11 – ARRIVAL IN GLASGOW-YORK (9 nights)
Monday September 12 – DURHAM
Guided tour of Durham Cathedral; service in Durham Cathedral
17.30 Choral Evensong in Durham Cathedral
Tuesday September 13 – WHITBY AND JARROW
Tour of Whitby Abbey originally built by St Hilda in 657AD. Visit St Paul’s Monastery, Jarrow (home to the Venerable Bede, England’s first historian) en route.
Evening dinner and talk by Emma Wells, Lecturer in Ecclesiastical and Architectural History at the University of York and leading authority on the subject of Pilgrimage
Wednesday September 14 – YORK
Guided tour of York Minster
18.30 Evensong to celebrate Holy Cross Day in St. Lawrence’s Church, York
Thursday September 15 – YORK
Free day in York
Friday, September 16 – BEVERLEY
Individual time in Beverley Minster
12.30 Concert in Beverley Minster
Saturday, September 17 – RIPON
Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey
17.30 Evensong in Ripon Cathedral
Sunday, September 18 – SELBY
10.00 Eucharist and 18.30 Evensong in Selby Abbey
Monday, September 19 – HOLY ISLAND
Day trip to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) a site of pilgrimage for over 1,000 years. We will hold our own service in the Parish Church of St Mary’s and visit the museum and ruins of the Abbey. Dinner included
Tuesday September 20 – DEPARTURE FROM GLASGOW
Depart York and transfer to Glasgow for the return flight to Washington