June 16-29, 2020
Led by The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
For almost a decade I have been leading pilgrimages to the Holy Land and this last year, we, in the Diocese of Olympia, have spent a good year focused on pilgrimage. If you have been part of any of this you know how important I think pilgrimage is to our life as Christians. In fact, I believe pilgrimage to be a primary practice of Christianity. While nothing quite compares with the roots of our faith in the Holy Land of Israel/Palestine, for us as Anglicans, perhaps second to all of that, would be England, and the roots of our Anglican expression of faith.
During our time together, we will visit England’s two ancient university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, and learn a little of their histories. We will worship in a number of the great cathedrals that have played such a formative role in the Anglican world, including the Mother Church of the communion in Canterbury. We will learn of some of the lives of England’s saints, and hear how their stories might speak to our own experiences of living as Christians in the 21st Century.
Working with Lightline’s extensive contacts in the Church of England, I am confident that this pilgrimage will offer us unique insights and experiences into the English church and people that will help us understand and celebrate our Episcopal/ Anglican history and culture. I have personally only done pieces of this and so this will be my first true journey of pilgrimage in England. Marti and I feel blessed to be able to follow this path, and to lead this journey. We would like to invite you to come along. I hope you will join us.
Please return the booking form and paperwork with a $500 per person deposit no later than February 22. The balance of the tour cost will be due by Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
- Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast & Most Dinners
- All entrance fees and local taxes
- Single Room Supplement
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Tours
- Laundry and items of a personal nature
Day 1: Tuesday, June 16
We meet at Sea-Tac Airport after lunch for our mid-afternoon flight to London on Virgin Atlantic. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 17
Landing in the morning at London’s Heathrow Airport, we will start our day by a visit to Windsor Castle once we have cleared Customs and Immigration formalities. This will give us a fascinating insight into Britain’s royal history as we visit this famous castle and St George’s Chapel. In the early afternoon we will journey onwards to Canterbury, arriving in time to attend Choral Evensong and settle into the exquisitely located Cathedral Lodge before our opening dinner.
Day 3: Thursday, June 18
Today will be devoted to a thorough exploration of Canterbury, starting with a pilgrim Eucharist in the cathedral, and a full guided tour. In the afternoon, we will have a walking tour of the city of Canterbury, finishing in ample time for us to attend Evensong.
Day 4: Friday, June 19
After breakfast we will explore northern Kent, starting with England’s second cathedral city of Rochester. After a break for lunch (not included) we will visit the tiny village of Tudeley, where the parish church of All Saints contains twelve magnificent windows by Marc Chagall – the only church in the world where all the windows are by this famous artist.
Day 5: Saturday, June 20
Today we will enjoy a day trip to London. After an early breakfast our bus will take us into the City of London, where we will visit Westminster Abbey as a group. After this there will be free time to explore the city, meeting back at Westminster for Evensong followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant, after which we will return to Canterbury, arriving back around 9.30 at night.
Day 6: Sunday, June 21
This morning we will have the privilege of worshipping in the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion at the principal cathedral Eucharist. After lunch (not included) we will drive north into East Anglia, to our hotel in the small, beautiful cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds. Dinner will be included this evening.
Day 7: Monday, June 22
Today will be devoted to a visit to the city of Norwich, famed both for its vast cathedral, and for the spiritual legacy of the anchorite Mother Julian. We will have a guided tour of the cathedral, and we hope also to have a talk about Julian and her legacy. The afternoon will allow us some free time to enjoy this medieval city before returning to Bury in time for dinner (not included).
Day 8: Tuesday, June 23
Our morning will begin by visiting St Edmundsbury Cathedral, located directly across the Square from our hotel. After this we will drive for about an hour to visit Cambridge. Our time in this famous university city will include a tour of Kings College, and the chance to attend Evensong at this most famous choral foundation. We will return to Bury in time for dinner (not included).
Day 9: Wednesday, June 24
Checking out of our hotel in Bury St Edmunds, we visit St Alban’s Abbey, the site of England’s first martyr. We will have a tour of the abbey/cathedral church and have some free time to find lunch (not included) in this beautiful city. Later in the afternoon we will drive on to Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of the most famous playwright the world has known, where we will stay for three nights. Dinner will be included this evening.
Day 10: Thursday, June 25
This morning we will have a guided walking tour of Stratford, and learn something of the history of the town and its most famous resident. Late morning, we will drive the short distance to Coventry, to visit its cathedral, built after the Second World War and consecrated in 1962. Coventry is famous across the world for its work in reconciliation, about which we will learn as we visit the cathedral. We will also visit the nearby parish church of the Holy Trinity, to see its breathtaking ‘Doom Painting’ on the chancel arch, dating from the 1430s, but only rediscovered and restored this century.
This evening, for those who would like to do so, we are offering an optional visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to see the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company perform A Comedy of Errors. This will start at 7.15pm, and run for just under 3 hours, including one interval. We will arrange tickets for those who wish to come for $75 per person - please indicate if you wish to do this on the booking form.
Day 11: Friday, June 26
Today we will visit Oxford, home of England’s first University. We will have a walking tour of the city and visit one of the colleges, as well as having free time to meander its streets and famous Covered Market, before attending Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral. We return to Stratford in time for dinner (not included).
Day 12: Saturday, June 27
We leave Stratford to journey south to the extraordinary standing stones at Stonehenge, signs of prehistoric human civilization. After visiting this site, we make the short journey into the cathedral city of Salisbury, to have free time to enjoy the cathedral (boasting the tallest spire in Britain) and the lovely medieval city in which it is set. In the afternoon we will visit the village of Bemerton, home of the famous poet George Herbert. We will learn a little of his life and visit the church of which he was the rector, before heading on to our hotel in nearby Winchester for the final two nights of our pilgrimage.
Day 13: Sunday, June 28
We will worship with the cathedral community in Winchester this morning. After lunch (not included) there will be a walking tour of the city, or the option of attending Choral Evensong. This evening there will be a final dinner to mark the end of our time together as pilgrims.
Day 14: Monday, June 29
After an early breakfast we make our way to Heathrow Airport for our flight back to Seattle, landing at 1:10 pm, ready to tell our friends of all we have learned and experienced on our pilgrimage.