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. For those coming from further afield we are happy to assist as much as we can with finding accommodation in, and transport to, Coventry. The cost to attend is £175 per person to cover three lunches, two evening meals and other non-accommodation costs over the two full days here in Coventry.

The next pilgrimage that we are currently planning, due to the still-emerging pandemic situation, will be an online pilgrimage and will run during the three afternoons UK time from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th October 2020, from 2pm to 5.45pm. The three afternoons will be a prayerful time following the liturgical rhythm of the Cathedral as far as possible, as we do in our well-established ‘physical’ pilgrimages; 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 in 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
• The Litany of Reconciliation, and how this feeds into the issues of race thrown into so much spotlight particularly in 2020: Discussion led by two CCN partners
• Practical workshop exploring a live issue in reconciliation, led by the Head of Reconciliation and Education, Emma Griffiths

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.

Next year’s May pilgrimage will provisionally take place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th May 2021. To get a feel for the programme, view this year’s May pilgrimage programme, a pilgrimage we were so sorry not to be able to run in any form due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

If you would like further information about future pilgrimages, please contact alice.farnhill@coventrycathedral.org.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Coventry, either virtually or face to face!

 

 

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