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Archbishop Sentamu’s Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is to embark on a six-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing in the Diocese of York. He begins his Pilgrimage tomorrow with Morning Prayer at St Mary’s, Whitby.

To follow and share in Archbishop Sentamu’s journey, please visit: http://pilgrimage.archbishopofyork.org

The Archbishop will be walking a sizeable distance each day from the coast, over moor and dale, along highways and byways, through both rural and urban communities and across an area which spans the Humber to the Tees and the A1 to the coast. His aim is to meet people, pray with them, and to encourage them to follow Christ, and bless what God is doing.

Archbishop Sentamu said, “My prayers have led me to this pilgrimage. St Paulinus, St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Hilda of Whitby in their time shared the good news of Jesus Christ with the people of the North. Praying for those who come to know Christ is a great privilege and a joy. During this pilgrimage, I would like to encourage everyone I meet to commit themselves afresh to try praying, be open to encountering Jesus Christ, pray for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and receive the gift of the joy provided by Jesus Christ – and be thankful. Pray with me, and join me on the road!”

Archbishop Sentamu is to spend six days, from Tuesday to Sunday, in each of the Deaneries of the Diocese of York. He starts his Pilgrimage in the Archdeaconry of Cleveland at Whitby. He will later journey to the East Riding, and will finish in York Minster on Trinity Sunday (22 May 2016).

This Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing follows a similar 280-mile trek which the Archbishop undertook in 2005 as the then Bishop for Birmingham.