Huge Crowds Gather at the Alban Pilgrimage 2014
Wed, 25 June 2014
The sun shone this weekend upon almost 3000 people taking part in the spectacular Alban Pilgrimage. Crowds of people took to the streets to watch the colourful procession as it made its way through the streets of St Albans.
Giant puppets told the story of Alban - Britain's first saint - as he took his final steps here over 1700 years ago. The puppets were accompanied by children dressed as Roman soldiers, lions, roses and stained glass windows, and enthusiastic crowds waving flags as the procession passed by.
More people than ever were present at the West End of the Cathedral to witness the final dramatic scene of Alban's story - his execution. The Cathedral nave was filled for all services throughout the weekend, and special Tower Tours for St Alban's Day sold out.
Watch Highlights from the Alban Pilgrimage
Canon Chancellor, Kevin Walton, said 'The Alban Pilgrimage was a wonderful community occasion as we took the moving story of Alban as Britain's first saint into the city centre, and it was great to see crowds sharing in the celebration. Our two internationally renowned preachers, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the United States and John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland also brought a special dimension, reminding us of the importance of Alban's faith near and far'.
We hope to welcome back even more pilgrims and spectators for the next Alban Pilgrimage on Saturday 20th June 2015. You can read the Eucharist sermon and view pictures from this year’s procession here.