Week-long festival celebrates Julian of Norwich
A week-long Julian Festival has celebrated not only the gift of the writings of the anchoress Julian of Norwich, but her dwelling place and creative power. Felicity Maton reports on events.
Thursday, 10 May
St Julian’s Church was the prayerful rallying point for Norwich East Deanery’s Pilgrimage to the Cathedral, led by Bishop Alan Winton, the Bishop of Thetford. Meditations and readings from Julian were led in St Catherine’s Chapel.
Friday, 11 May
‘Julian Meetings’, times of quiet prayer and meditation throughout the country were enlightened by talks given by Canon Hilary Wakeman, a founder of the Meetings and by Rev Robin Stapleford, who spoke on ‘Julian Touching our Lives’.
A new book ‘St Julian’s Church’ was launched by Prof Brian Thorne. This book uncovers 1,000 years of history, theology and the spiritual life. It highlights the key role of the Community of All Hallows in the rebuilding of the Church and Shrine after the bombing in the Second World War. Its authors are Sheila Upjohn and Nicholas Groves. It is available at the Church and the Julian Centre.
Later that day, screenings were given of two documentaries on Julian’s revelations surviving through 600 years of turbulent history.
Saturday, 12 May
The opportunity to attend All Hallows Convent at Ditchingham was enjoyed by those close to the Community and visitors from across the world. It was a celebration of their 164 years of service and now their future as they disperse to smaller settings.
Sunday, 13 May
After the AGM of the Friends of Julian of Norwich, the 38th Annual Julian Lecture was given by Sally-Anne Lomas. She produced and directed the award-winning BBC4 documentary ‘Julian of Norwich; the Search for the Lost Manuscript’. Her journey from the original idea to the making of it was a ride of joy for her audience.
After tea and cakes, Sr Pamela CAH gave a talk about her closeness to Julian over 30 years of knowing the medieval mystic and living next to the Shrine in the guesthouse she ran for visitors and pilgrims.
The Festival ended with Reflective Evening Prayer in St Julian’s Church
Pictured top is Bishop Alan Winton, Shirley Buxton (Chair, Friends of Julian of Norwich) Canon Darren Thornton (Rural Dean, Norwich East Deanery), Tony Kalurichi and, above, Sr Pamela, Community of All Hallows spoke on her Memories of over 30 years of knowing Julian. With her is Sarah Law, a Friend of Julian. Pictures by Felicity Maton.