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.

Last year, due to Covid-19, we held our first online pilgrimage, and again in spring 2021. 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 one traditional  pilgrimage each year going forward. This autumn, as things slowly open up again, we will be cautiously planning a pilgrimage with the option to do either option, join online or be physically with us, and this will take place from UK time 2pm to the end of Evensong at around 5.50pm, each day Wednesday to Friday 27th-29th October.

The online pilgrimage structure follows the liturgical rhythm of the Cathedral as far as possible, including the Litany and morning or evening service:

• 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 our current times: 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 working with an attending partner, exploring a live issue in reconciliation

We ask for a donation of £50 per person for our online pilgrimages, and to attend the October pilgrimage in person, which will include two group evening meals locally and refreshments during the afternoon, £100 per person.

Please make your donations here – received with our very grateful thanks.

If you would like to register your interest for either pilgrimage, 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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