Pilgrimage and Prayer

Wed, 09/01/2019 - 11:59

Lichfield Cathedral introduces a programme of services and events inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. This event captured the world’s attention and imagination opening up new perspectives on space and how we see the Earth in the vast expanse of the universe.

The series starts with an exhibition entitled Pilgrimage and Prayer.

People of all faiths and of none recognise the role of pilgrimage in our lives.

The exhibition explores how modern ideas build on the historical tradition of Christian pilgrimage including pilgrimage to Lichfield Cathedral from the time of St Chad to the present day.

Among the fascinating exhibits are a 14th century document listing relics owned by the Cathedral, stonework linked with the mediaeval shrine of St Chad, a 1420 edition of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, and a 17th century casket which contained the relics of St Chad after the Reformation.

The exhibition runs from Monday January 14th to Thursday February 28th and is free of charge, although donations are encouraged.

There will be a series of lectures to tie in with the theme.

 The first will be on January 23rd when Dr Louise Hampson from the Centre of Christianity and Culture at the University of York will speak about their work on the renewed popularity of pilgrimage. Tickets are £5. The lecture starts at 7.15pm and there will be an opportunity to view the Pilgrimage and Prayer exhibition from 6.45pm.

Then on February 20th, the Dean of Lichfield, the Very Rev. Adrian Dorber who has led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land and elsewhere will draw on his own experiences of pilgrimage. Tickets are £5. The lecture starts at 7.15pm and there will be an opportunity to view the Pilgrimage and Prayer exhibition from 6.45pm.