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All Christians are on journey - ultimately that journey will take us home, to be with God for all eternity.
The Bible says, in Jeremiah (Chapter 6, verse16):
at the crossroads and look,
Ask for the ancient paths,
Ask where the good way is,
And walk it,
And you will find rest for your souls.
Many Christians undertake such walks - we call them pilgrimages - either alone or with others. Some pilgrimage paths are well-known and traditional (such as the Way of St James in northern Spain). There are also traditional pilgrimage paths within the United Kingdom:
Ely to Walsingham
Cirencester to Bath
Swansea to Hereford
Hexham to Lindisfarne
Winchester to Canterbury
Old Sarum to Glastonbury
Beverley Minster to York Minister
St Piran's Cell to St Michael's Mount
Llanfihangel Abercowin to St David's Cathedral.
A recent one to join this illustious list is Swansea to Hereford.
It was launched on 7 July 2018 and is called The St Thomas Way.
Thomas de Cantilupe was a Provincial Grand Master of the Knights Templar
in the 14th Century before he was canonised as St Thomas in 1320.
Seal of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe
Legend: TOMAS DEI GRATIA HEREFORDENSIS EP(ISCOPU)S
(Thomas by the grace of God Bishop of Hereford)
The Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe (Thomas of Hereford)
Two of the Knights Templar figures at the Shrine of St Thomas Cantelupe
Knights and Dames of the Grand Priory of Wales with the then Dean of Hereford Cathedral
at the Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe (Thomas of Hereford)
The late Grand Prior of Wales and the then Dean of Hereford Cathedral
The then Grand Chaplain-General and the late Grand Prior of Wales
and a former Chaplain of Wales
A Pilgrim Prayer
you are our origin and destination.
Travel with us, we pray, in every pilgrimage of faith,
And every journey of the heart.
Give us the courage to set off,
The nourishment we need to travel well,
And the welcome we long for at our journey's end.
So may we grow in grace and love of you
And in the service of others.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[Bishop John Pritchard : Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims]
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