08 August 2011
See also: Follow the Paulinus Way on
Enjoying a refreshing pilgrimage has never been more accessible
or affordable, as the Bishop of Oxford issues an invitation to join
him on pilgrimage via 'tweets' on the Twitter website. His progress
- along with inspirational prayers taken from the new book
Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims and useful links to
information on his chosen destinations - will be read on mobile
phones and computers free of charge by all who follow the Church of
England's national Twitter identity c_of_e at http://twitter.com/#!/c_of_e.
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, begins his
tour of 15 Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire churches of
interest today, Monday, 8th August; leaflets detailing his route
and worshipfully bringing alive the chosen churches can be
"I'm inviting everyone on Twitter to join me for a refreshing
time of prayer and reflection," said the Rt Revd John Pritchard,
"and I'm really looking forward to leading people on this
pilgrimage wherever they may be."
Compiled by Bishop John, Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims
accompanies pilgrims through every stage of their spiritual
journey, whether it be a local tour of UK churches, a visit to
famous pilgrimage site abroad, or even a spiritual retreat in the
home. One prayer reads:
God the Sender, send us.
God the Sent, come with us.
God the Strengthener of those who go, empower
that we may go forever and wherever with you
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims, compiled by John Pritchard, is
available now from Church House Publishing, Official Publisher of
the Church of England (ISBN 978 0 7151 4238 7, price £6.99) at www.chpublishing.co.uk or
from Christian booksellers.
A new podcast featuring Bishop John Pritchard, introducing the
idea of pilgrimage, can be heard here.
The Bishop of Oxford's route is as follows:
Monday 8 August
- 9.30am St Peter & St Paul, Olney MK46
- 11.15am Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
North Marston MK18 3PH
- 12.30pm St Mary the Virgin Drayton
Beauchamp HP22 5LU
Tuesday 9 August
- 9am Holy Trinity Cookham SL6 9SP
- 10.30am St Michael and St Mary Magdalene
Easthampstead RG12 7ER
- 12 noon St Giles Stoke Poges SL2 4NZ
Wednesday 10 August
- 10.30am St Mary the Virgin, Speen RG14
- 12 noon St Thomas of Canterbury Goring
Thursday 11 August
- 10.30am St Michael, Stanton
Harcourt OX29 5RJ
- 12.15 Dorchester Abbey
Friday 12 August
- 9am Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford OX1
Tuesday 30 August
- 10 am St Peter Ad Vincula, South
Newington OX15 4JF
Wednesday 31 August:
- University Church; Oxford OX1 4BJ
- 10.45 St Margaret of Antioch Binsey OX2
- 2pm St Swithun, Compton
Beauchamp SN6 8NP
FOLLOW THE PAULINUS
WAY ON TWITTER
Pilgrims are soon
to set out across Yorkshire on a newly discovered trail that
will retrace the footsteps of the 6th century saint Paulinus all
the way to York.
These modern day pilgrims - some from as far away as Sweden and
New Zealand - will launch the first pilgrimage along the
Paulinus Way next Sunday (28 August) when they leave Todmorden for
the seven-day trek along the 65-mile route through Halifax,
Dewsbury, Wakefield, Leeds and Tadcaster to be greeted at York
Minster by the Archbishop of York on 4 September.
Their progress will be Tweeted by the Church of England's via
This new pilgrimage trail is the culmination of a three-year
project by teacher and academic Tina Clayton, from
Todmorden, researching the little-known figure of St Paulinus,
the first Bishop of York, who converted many northern Britons to
Christianity in the early seventh century.
Tina said: "I just want to be in the footsteps of this man I've
spent so long with and get a sense of his commitment and
Churches and chapels along the route will open their doors to
offer refreshments and overnight accommodation for these 21st
century pilgrims, who will write a daily
blog and use Twitter and Facebook to report on their progress; they will
take along and use copies of the Bishop of Oxford's recently
published book, Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims.
Anyone interested in walking or joining the route can contact
Tina Clayton on 01706 819140, 07923 618271, or email@example.com.