NEWS 101016 Walsingham - The Bible takes centre stage
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The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
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Monday, 10 October 2016
The Bible takes centre stage
The Bible takes centre stage as pilgrims from all over the UK converge on the Anglican Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham later this month (24-28 October).
The Shrine’s annual Bible Week has proved hugely popular with clergy and churchgoers alike.
Bible Week 2016 looks at lessons that can be gleaned from the way in which the early church grew through the accounts recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.
This book, traditionally believed to have been penned by the author of the Gospel of Luke, is full of exciting accounts of how the church took root in the first century AD.
Fr Peter Anthony, Vicar of St Benet’s and All Saints, Kentish Town and Father Damian Feeney, Vicar of Holy Trinity Ettingshall & Mission Advisor in the Diocese of Lichfield, will be the keynote speakers. Both of them taught previously at St Stephen’s House, an Oxford college which trains new clergy for the Church of England, and are expert in the field of New Testament study.
There will be study, services, prayer and a chance for pilgrims to meet with each other and to share their views.
Fr Philip Barnes, Interim Priest Administrator of the Shrine said: “Acts tells a thrilling story of the growth of the Church –from a small group of anxious disciples gathered in secret, to a Spirit filled movement with a global reach. It’s a great encouragement to Christians in their mission today, and has much to tell us about the character of discipleship. We’re really looking forward to hosting this week at the Shrine as we reflect together on this remarkable story.”
The week begins on the Monday evening and ends with a special Eucharist on the Friday morning.
Notes to editors:
The Shrine at Walsingham has been an important place of Christian pilgrimage since the eleventh century. After its destruction in the Sixteenth Century, the shrine was re-established in the 1920’s and its popularity has grown exponentially since then.
Walsingham receives hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims every year and was recently described by the Archbishop of Canterbury as “one of the most important religious centres in Northern Europe”.
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