Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing - York Parliament Street

Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing

Let all who are thirsty come

Between Advent 2015 and Trinity 2016 the Archbishop set out on a Diocesan Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing - walking over 1.5 million steps and praying with 25,100 people.  His pilgrimage journey was inspired by the great Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert and Hilda all of whom took to the road to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Follow the route and read the postcards from places visited.

Archbishop's Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing - Side of vehicle  Fran Wakefield
Archbishop Sentamu at Raker Lakes

Vision & testimonies

Archbishop Sentamu's introduction to the Pilgrimage explains his vision of sanctuary, refectory and being out on the road. Shared testimonies from people he met along the way followed.


Pilgrimage Prayer Beads held in hand

The Archbishop wrote prayers for pilgrims.  He used a short version used every time for setting out on a journey and a longer prayer which was printed on bookmarks, given to all the schools he visited along the way.  Pilgrimage prayers were said every day along with the Taize chant 'Let all who are thirsty come'.   

Walking with school children on the pilgrimage of prayer, witness and blessing

Pilgrimage Resources for Schools

To help schools learn more about the Northern Saints who inspired the Archbishop to undertake his Pilgrimage across the diocese, the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust and the Diocese of York Education Team created a set of free activities, resources and lesson ideas to download and use.