This blog is for the friends, family and congregation of St Thomas’s to track the progress of their pilgrims walking 180 (ish!) miles from St Thomas’s Salisbury to St Thomas’s Shrine at Canterbury Cathedral.
Please use the comment at the bottom of this page and leave a message on the Pilgrims’ progress to motivate and support them on their journey!
Please click the Friends of St Thomas’s logo or the scallop shell to find out more about the Friends of St Thomas’s Charity, or go to the Support Us page above to download a form and become a Pledging Pilgrim.
The scallop shell is a widely recognised symbol for pilgrims. It can be seen in the ‘Doom Painting’ in St Thomas’s Church – on the hat of St James who is the large figure at the bottom on the left.
Message from Jonathan (1/3 of the St Thomas’s Pilgrims):
This is a bold and exciting project and one not undertaken lightly. All walks, especially long distance expeditions, connect points, places and people through time and space. Our Pilgrimage will do likewise. Yet this walk connects two remarkable features: the arching narrative between the Doom Painting of the church dedicated to Thomas a Becket with the tomb of the martyred Archbishop in Canterbury Cathedral. This is a pilgrimage bracketed by significant architectural, creative, ethical and theological statements which, though spanning centuries, still have the power to challenge the Modern in a myriad of ways… and challenged we shall be.
Walking is demanding and those involved require sustenance. We happy band of pilgrims would therefore greatly welcome your prayers. Indeed, it would be wonderful to create within this Pilgrimage, and through this Blog, a contemplative and reflective response to the miles, time and pain felt by this little but determined community of Pilgrims. This Pilgrimage is a prayerful undertaking in itself. It is also a prayerful response to our calling to follow The Way in His Name. Help us dear friends: all of this will be made so much easier in the knowledge that we are not walking alone. Yes our footprints follow those Disciples who have travelled before us; they parallel those Disciples on other tracks at this moment. We are all Pilgrims are we not? Pray for us frequently please dear reader. Please leave prayer offerings to embolden our flagging limbs and sooth our sore feet. I pray that this Blog might emerge as a separate Pilgrimage – one of prayer and reflection. For all are welcome who enter here and walk with us.
All-powerful God, you always show mercy toward those who love you and you are never far away for those who seek you. Remain with your servants on this holy pilgrimage and guide their way in accord with your will. Shelter them with your protection by day, give them the light of your grace by night, and, as their companion on the journey, bring them to their destination in safety.