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New Archbishop to start pilgrimage in Norwich

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is set to visit Norwich today (March 14) at the start of a five-day pilgrimage around the Province of Canterbury in the lead up to his enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21 with intense media coverage of the visit planned. Keith Morris reports.

JustinWelbyCredit450The historic visit is set to be covered live on BBC Radio Norfolk and by BBC Radio 4 with Network Norfolk getting in on the act with live coverage via our Twitter feed (click here to sign up now). Look East cameras and the local pres will also be providing coverage.

The Archbishop is inviting as many people as possible to join him on this “Journey of Prayer”. After a service of Holy Communion with the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop’s Staff team, the Archbishop will begin his pilgrimage in Norwich at the Forum where he will lead prayers at 11.40am.

He will then walk to Norwich Cathedral, ariving at 12.15pm, giving out candles to members of the public along the way, and inviting all who wish to do so to join him in prayer at the Cathedral.

From then until 5.30pm, the Archbishop will be praying in the Cathedral, and there will be several different prayer “stations” for anyone who so wishes to use. These will 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.
The Archbishop’s pilgrimage will conclude with Choral Evensong at 5.30pm before setting off to Coventry.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, said: “I’m delighted the Archbishop of Canterbury has decided to prepare for the start of his public ministry with a prayer pilgrimage, and that he has chosen to begin in Norwich.
“It will be very good to pray with and for Archbishop Justin and ask God to bless and strengthen him in his new responsibilities. Thursday March 14 will be a special day for the city, cathedral and diocese. 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.”  

The five-day pilgrimage will embrace Norwich, Coventry, London, Truro and Chichester.
Further details of the day can be found on www.norwich.anglican.org

See an EDP map of the visit route
Picture courtesy of Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

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