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The Alban Pilgrimage 2018

The Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually and is held in honour of the city’s namesake, St Alban, who died on 22nd June over 1700 years ago. He was executed for giving shelter to a Christian priest later named Amphibalus who was fleeing persecution by the Romans. Moved by the priest’s faith, Alban became a Christian and the two men swapped cloaks, enabling the priest to escape. Alban was arrested instead, brought to trial and executed on the hill where St Albans Cathedral now stands.

Stunning 12-ft tall carnival puppets and a procession of around 300 children, teenagers and adults from the local community dramatize the tale of Alban’s martyrdom, with the final scene taking place at the West End of St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

Festival Eucharist takes place immediately after the procession.

Guest preacher: The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark

Festival Evensong takes place at 4pm.

Guest Preacher: Stuart Burns OSB of Mucknell Abbey.

Children and young people can also participate by signing up to wear a costume in the Pilgrimage procession. This really is an amazing experience for all ages. You can sign up using the Children’s Form on the Cathedral website.

Event Categories: Events and Major festivals and events

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