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Archbishop To Join Horbury Whit Sunday Walk

Archbishop of York

Friday 3rd May 2013

2013 brings special cause for celebration in that it is the 125th anniversary of the Wakefield Diocese. The occasion is to be marked by the Archbishop of York, who will join the witness walk at Horbury

On Whit Sunday, 19th May, the procession will leave St. John’s, Horbury Bridge shortly after 2pm accompanied by the Horbury Band. The procession will include the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield, schoolchildren, church members, representatives of numerous local organisations which have been invited, the Parish Clergy, Church Wardens as well as the Archbishop.

The route will follow Quarry Hill, the High Street and Twitch Hill up to the South entrance of St. Peter’s. Once in the Church there will be a Service, presentations by the children of both Church Schools and an address by the Archbishop. All are welcome to follow the procession and join in the service.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “Pentecost reminds us that the Church is not called to huddle in one place behind locked doors but to go out and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with everyone”.

The tradition of a Witness Walk at Whitsuntide is a long established one. It is believed that in Horbury, this has taken place since 1840. In 1865,  Sabine Baring-Gould, then curate of St John’s Church in Horbury Bridge, wrote the words of the famous hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Tradition has it that the words were written for the children of the Parish to sing as they walked up the hill from St. John’s to St. Peter’s in Horbury itself, thus linking the two Churches.


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