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The Alban Pilgrimage

Sat, 23 June 2018 at 11.00am

The Alban Pilgrimage 2018

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Alban Pilgrimage.

You can view photos taken of the event on our Facebook page.

Save the Date!

Next year, the Alban Pilgrimage takes place on St Alban’s Day itself – Saturday 22nd June 2019.  In the build up to the big day, we are organising a special 3-day Walking Pilgrimage from Wednesday 19th June to Friday 21st June.  If you’d like to find out more, please email pilgrimage@stalbanscathedral.org

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.

 

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