NEWS 080517 Walsingham - 40 Hours of Prayer at National Shrine -Ecumenical Focus as Bank Holiday weekend plans continue
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The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
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Monday, 08 May 2017
40 Hours of Prayer at National Shrine
- Ecumenical Focus as Bank Holiday weekend plans continue
40 hours of continuous prayer will mark the build-up to the 2017 National Pilgrimage to Walsingham as pilgrims across the country support the Archbishop of Canterbury's Thy Kingdom Come initiative.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray for mission between the Christian Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost.
What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The National Pilgrimage (to be held his year on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May) to Walsingham is the highlight of the year for the Anglican Shrine in Norfolk.
But the 2017 Pilgrimage will be prefaced by 40 hours of ecumenical prayer in Walsingham and in churches across the country associated with the Shrine.
The wave of prayer will begin on Saturday 27th May (6pm) in the Shrine Church and continue until 10am on the Monday of the National Pilgrimage.
"We will pray for the Church and for the Nation and for the coming of God’s Kingdom along with churches and communities across the nation," said Father Kevin Smith, Priest Administrator at the Shrine.
He added: "Pilgrim Parishes and Pilgrims who cannot be at Walsingham are invited to join in this wave of prayer as it is offered in the Shrine, and if possible for all who love Walsingham to observe the 40 Hours in their churches at home."
An ecumenical vigil of prayer where Christians of many denominations gather to pray together will be held during the 40 hours in Walsingham Parish Church on Sunday 28 May (8.15pm). The Anglican Bishop of Norwich and the Catholic Abbot of Farnborough will be preaching at the Vigil on Sunday evening.
The 40 Hours ends on Monday 29th May (10.00 am) as preparations are made for the National Pilgrimage Mass at 12 noon in the Abbey Grounds.
The Anglican Bishop of Norwich and the Catholic Bishop of East Anglia will lead the Procession at the National on Monday.
Revd Dr Rob Marshall on 07766 952113