Pilgrimage involves going on a journey, which can often lead to us connecting to the world in new ways. Be it appreciating God’s creation in deeper ways or connecting with a deeper call to live the spiritual life.
The Diocese of Oxford has launched the Pilgrim Project to encourage the spirit of pilgrimage, part of which has led to the launch of a new diocesan pilgrimage map which features 15 places of special spiritual significance across the Diocese of Oxford. The hope is that the map will inspire not just visitors to each place on the map, but also a spirit of pilgrimage elsewhere. For example, one rural benefice has already been inspired by this project to plan a local pilgrim map encompassing each of its seven churches. What could you do in your area? How can the spirit of pilgrimage encourage us in caring for creation?
Resources to help are on hand, including:
- Pilgrimage : A Simple Guide part of our ‘Simple Guide’ series
- Sally Welch Every Place is Holy Ground (Canterbury Press)
- John Pritchard Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims (CHP)
There are A3 posters of the Diocese of Oxford pilgrimage map available and also pocket sized folded maps. Contact the Diocese of Oxford Communications office (01865 208225) if you would like copies.
The Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd John Pritchard, will be visiting each place on the map to pray with local people over the summer. There is an open invitation to join him if you are in the area.
- Monday 8 August: 9.30am Olney; 11.15am North Marston; 12.30pm Drayton Beauchamp
- Tuesday 9 August: 9am Cookham; 10.30am Easthampstead; 12 noon Stoke Poges
- Wednesday 10 August: 10.30am Speen; 12 noon Goring
- Thursday 11 August: 10.30am Stanton Harcourt; 12.15 Dorchester Abbey
- Friday 12 August: 9am Christ Church Cathedral.
- Tuesday 30 August 10 am South Newington
- Wednesday 31 August: 9.30 University Church; 10.45 Binsey; 2pm Compton Beauchamp
See below to view the Diocese of Oxford pilgrimage guides for each of the participating churches on their map.