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Walsingham Divine Liturgy and Picnic

On 19th July 2017, the Feast of St Seraphim of Sarov, our parish took part in the annual Pan-Orthodox pilgrimage to the Church of St Seraphim in Walsingham. A mini-bus full of Lincoln pilgrims travelled to the tiny Norfolk village, arriving in good time for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 11am.

It was a very warm and humid day. Thankfully a cool breeze circulated around the packed church, so we were all able to remain on our feet… The Divine Liturgy was con-celebrated by 5 priests from a number of juristictions, lead by Archimandrite Philip. There’s not a great deal of space in the altar so it was rather cosy for them! The choir was made of parishioners from Antiochian and Russian parishes, demonstating once again the unity of Orthodoxy.

After the Divine Liturgy, tea and coffee was served in the beautifully landscaped gardens behind the church. Earlier threats of rain melted away and a warm afternoon was enjoyed sharing picnics, reaffirming old friendships and establishing new ones. The parish of St Seraphim were kind enough to provide a buffet for everyone to eat, so like many Orthodox events, there was more food than could possibly be eaten. It was a wonderful gift from the parish that everyone was able to enjoy.

After the picnic, several of our parishioners took a short trip to the Roman Catholic Slipper Chapel. However, others of us preferred to wander down into the village, finding ourselves in the Anglican Shrine cafe eating ice cream and drinking elderflower cordial. It was very refreshing on such a warm afternoon. After a short time relaxing in the shrine gardens it was time to return to Lincoln.

Holy Seraphim, pray to God for us!