We have a wealth of places of pilgrimage across the Diocese of St Asaph and you don’t have to look far for inspiration to help you plan a pilgrimage for your Church congregation.
Pilgrimage to Pennant
In July 2012, St Margaret’s Church in Wrexham went on a pilgrimage to Pennant Melangell. They walked from Llangynog to Pennant and enjoyed a service and a Welsh tea at the Centre after making the pilgrimage – even the dog Petal enjoyed getting involved!
Parishioner Helen Davies said:
“The climax of our journey was a Taize style service, praising God for all His wonderful blessings. A dear friend of ours described Pennant as being a ‘thin’ place, where heaven and earth are so close.
“After our delicious tea we then said our thanks and goodbyes and after posing for a group photo we slowly made our way back to Llangynog. We all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.”
We are seeing a range of other ideas coming in to us as we continue to plan our Year of Pilgrimage. We’re keen to share your ideas on this site. Please email us with any of the ideas you come up with and we will list them here to inspire everyone to get involved.
Here are some of the ideas already being discussed.
Revd Peter Walker is hoping to compile a bi-lingual book of poems for the Year of Pilgrimage. He already has two poetry books to his name. Find out how you can get involved and perhaps see your poem in print!
Mary Jones walk
Mary Jones was born into a poor weaver’s family in 1784 and lived at the foot of Cader Idris mountain. She saved for six years to buy her own Bible and walked 25 miles to Bala to get it. Now you can walk the route she took – maybe you could try it for our Year of Pilgrimage?
Revd Phil Atack is looking at options to hire out a train for the day for pilgrims to celebrate the Eucharist on a train around Wales – potentially heading for one of the other Cathedrals in the Province.
He’s hoping to organise a chartered train which will allow pilgrim’s to enjoy the Welsh countryside as they make a pilgrimage by rail.
Revd Edward Yendall advises the Diocese on all matters relating to Organs in our churches.
He’s hoping to get a group of people together to enjoy a pilgrimage to some of these wonderful instruments in our historic buildings across the Diocese of St Asaph.
Handing the Baton
The Parishes of Pontblyddyn and Llanfynydd are looking at walking from the outer boundary of one Parish to the outer boundary of another and passing a baton from one to the other. They want to know if other Parishes are keen on this idea and whether the baton could move through the Parishes on its way to St Asaph Cathedral.
While this is just at the ideas stage, Revd Carole Poolman would be keen to hear if it’s something you’re interested in. You can email her here.