The Alban Pilgrimage
Next year's Alban Pilgrimage takes place on
Saturday 21 June 2014
Alban’s story takes us right back to the beginning of the Christian faith in Britain, but it remains fresh and inspiring for Christians today.
It reminds us of the unbroken continuity of faith in Christ in this land for over 1700 years and sets before us a powerful example of courage, compassion, hospitality and generosity as Alban risks his life to welcome a persecuted stranger. It also reminds us that witnessing as a Christian always comes at a cost.
Alban is honoured as the first British martyr, and his grave (on which the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban was built) quickly became a place of pilgrimage. For over 1700 years, people have journeyed to this place to remember Alban, to pray for peace and healing, and to seek God.
This special day begins with a procession through the city centre, where giant puppets will retell the story of Alban’s martyrdom. It is not only a stunning spectacle; it is a profoundly moving experience.
If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact the Cathedral Office
Tel: 01727 890245
(International: +44 1727 890245)
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The Alban Prayer
Among the roses of the martyrs brightly shines Saint Alban.
We thank you for this place built to your glory
and in memory of Alban, our first martyr.
Following his example in the fellowship of the saints,
may we worship and adore the true and living God,
and be faithful witnesses to the Christ,
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Pray for us Alban, pray for us all Saints of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.