We encourage all partners and those interested in joining the Community of the Cross of Nails to come to Coventry at least once, if they can, and share in the very special and powerful message that simply coming here and being immersed in its story conveys. Twice a year, in spring and autumn, we hold a pilgrimage specifically for this purpose. It’s an occasion for partners, current and aspiring, to come together at Coventry Cathedral for prayer and contemplation, to meet others in the network, to share their stories and experiences, and to learn from and be involved in the work of the Cathedral’s global reconciliation ministry.
All partners and those wishing to join are very warmly welcomed.
This year, due to Covid-19, we held our first online pilgrimage! You can read about this here. It was so successful at involving a breadth of pilgrims despite the constraints of distance, that we plan to run at least one online and, subject to lifting of pandemic restrictions, one traditional pilgrimage in 2021 on the following dates:
Online pilgrimage: Wednesday to Friday 28th-30th April, from 2pm to 6pm UK time approximately
The three afternoons offer a prayerful time, following the liturgical rhythm of the Cathedral as far as possible. Each day will include the Litany and Evensong/Evening prayer, plus the following planned interactive sessions:
• Virtual tour of, and introduction to, the Cathedral, led by the Dean of Coventry
• The Coventry story and what it has to tell us as we emerge from the challenges of 2020: Talk and discussion led by the Dean of Coventry
• Pilgrims’ story-sharing session: how has their path led to Coventry? Short online presentations from each organisation attending, and Q&A
• A discussion session involving external speakers on a specific topic of relevance to the CCN
• Practical workshop exploring a live issue in reconciliation
We ask that each pilgrim make a suggested donation of £50 for virtual attendance across all three afternoons, if they are able to do so. Please make your donations here – received with our very grateful thanks.
Traditional pilgrimage: Wednesday 27th October evening to Sunday 31st October lunchtime
To get a feel for the programme, view our latest, May 2020’s, original pilgrimage programme, a pilgrimage we were so sorry not to be able to run in any form due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The cost to attend is £200 per person, and includes all lunches and evening meals over the duration.
If you would like to register your interest for either pilgrimage, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to Coventry, either virtually or face to face!