2019 Aust Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage commemorates St Augustine’s journey to meet the Welsh bishops on the banks of the River Severn in 603. He intended to sort out differences between the Roman and Celtic Churches. This encounter did not end in reconciliation, but it did pave the way for the Synod of Whitby, 61 years later, when agreement was reached.

 The Pilgrimage Route

  8.00am         short service in Bristol Cathedral after which pilgrims leave through the Cloister Car Park.

  9.15am        arrive at Fairfields School off Muller Road .

  9.35am        arrive at the BT Tower on Purdown

10.30am        arrive at Parkway Station.

11.45am        arrive at Church of the Holy Family, Highwood Road, Patchway

  1.00pm        half-hour break for refreshment Picnic lunch beside Bristol-Cardiff railway, Ash Lane, Cattybrook

  4.00pm        Reach Aust. Refreshment in Church or at the Boar’s Head

  5.00pm        Worship in Aust Church

 

Prayers will be said at various times during the day for:

  • All involved in education
  • The communications industry and those who work in the media
  • The transport industry and all who travel
  • Farmers and all who work in agriculture

You may joint the Pilgrimage anywhere along the route.

 

Please Note

  • If you walk from Bristol Cathedral you will need to be able to walk 16 miles. It seems a long way but, in company, it passes easily!
  • You may join the pilgrimage at any point along the route (if you intend to do this, it would be helpful if you could e-mail us a day or two before to let us know where you intend to meet us so that we can look out for you. It would also help to have your mobile number so that we can contact you should we miss each other). As the timings above are approximate you can on the day find out where the pilgrims are by telephoning 07711960661
  • Some may prefer to organise their own pilgrimage route with appropriate prayer stations and join other pilgrims at Aust Church (or the Boars Head).
  • If walking do wear hiking boots or stout walking shoes and don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch.
  • If you are unable to walk you are most welcome to join pilgrims for the service in Aust Church.
  • Dogs are welcome!
  • Please give some thought as to how you will return home from Aust. Although we will try to help with lifts back to Bristol, we cannot guarantee that there will be people present who will have car places available.

Prayer when setting out on pilgrimage

If you are going on a pilgrimage to find Christ,

you will only find him if you carry him in your heart.

An Irish monastic saying

Lord God,

you call us to walk in faith,

and accompany us along our way.

May all who travel together grow

in friendship and love of Christ.

Bring us safely to our journey’s end,

and as we travel as bearers of

Christ,

may we also find him whom we seek,

even Jesus Christ, the pioneer

and perfector of our faith.1

Amen

We praise and bless you, God our Father,

for sending to us your Son.

He went about among us doing good.

He travelled light with nowhere to lay his head.

Resolutely he set his face to Jerusalem,

and journeyed there to the centre of conflict

compelled by your costly reconciling love.

Bless us your pilgrims and

guide our steps  as we seek to walk by faith;

strengthen us by you Spirit, today

and until the time when we reach

our place of resurrection.

We ask this in the name of him who is the Way,

the Truth and the Life, our Saviour, Jesus  Christ2.

Amen

1Prayer adapted from a prayer in The Pilgrim’s Manual by Christopher Irvine (Wild Goose  Publications 1997) page 43

          2 Prayer adapted from The Pilgrim’s Manual  page 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2018 Pilgrimage

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The pilgrimage commemorates St Augustine’s journey to meet the Welsh bishops on the banks of the River Severn in 603. He intended to sort out differences between the Roman and Celtic Churches. This encounter did not end in reconciliation, but it did pave the way for the Synod of Whitby, 61 years later, when agreement was reached.

 

The Pilgrimage Route

 

 8.00am            short service in Bristol Cathedral after which pilgrims leave through the Cloister Car Park.

  9.15am        arrive at Fairfields School off Muller Road .

  9.35am       arrive at the BT Tower on Purdown

10.30am        arrive at Parkway Station.

11.45am        arrive at Church of the Holy Family, Highwood Road, Patchway

  1.00pm        half-hour break for refreshment Picnic lunch beside Bristol-Cardiff railway, Ash Lane, Cattybrook

  4.00pm        Reach Aust. Refreshment in Church or at the Boar’s Head

  5.00pm        Worship in Aust Church

 

Prayers will be said at various times during the day for:

  • All involved in education
  • The communications industry and those who work in the media
  • The transport industry and all who travel
  • Farmers and all who work in agriculture

 

You may joint the Pilgrimage anywhere along the route.

 

Please Note

  • If you walk from Bristol Cathedral you will need to be able to walk 15 miles. It seems a long way but, in company, it passes easily!
  • You may join the pilgrimage at any point along the route (if you intend to do this, it would be helpful if you could e-mail us a day or two before to let us know where you intend to meet us so that we can look out for you. It would also help to have your mobile number so that we can contact you should we miss each other). As the timings above are approximate you can on the day find out where the pilgrims are by telephoning 07711960661
  • Some may prefer to organise their own pilgrimage route with appropriate prayer stations and join other pilgrims at Aust Church (or the Boars Head).
  • If walking do wear hiking boots or stout walking shoes and don’t forget to bring a picnic lunch.
  • If you are unable to walk you are most welcome to join pilgrims for the service in Aust Church.
  • Dogs are welcome!
  • Please give some thought as to how you will return home from Aust. Although we will try to help with lifts back to Bristol, we cannot guarantee that there will be people present who will have car places available.

 

Prayer when setting out on pilgrimage

If you are going on a pilgrimage to find Christ, you will only find him if you carry him in your heart.

An Irish monastic saying
The following may be said by one person or more:

O Lord, save your servants,

Who put their trust in you.

Send them help from your holy sanctuary,

And ever more mightily defend them.

Be unto them, O Lord, a strong tower

From the face of the enemy

Show them your ways, O Lord,

And teach them your paths.

O God, give your angels charge over them,

To keep them in all their ways.

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A Gaelic blessing on beginning a journey:

Bless to me, O God,

The earth beneath my foot;

Bless to me, O God,

The path whereon I go;

Bless to me, O God,

The thing of my desire;

Thou Evermore of evermore,

Bless Thou to me in my rest.

Bless to me the thing

Whereon is set my mind;

Bless to me the thing

Whereon is set my love;

Bless to me the thing

Whereon is set my hope;

O Thou King of kings

Bless Thou to me mine eye.

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Give me my scallop-shell of quiet

My staff of faith to walk upon,

My scrip of joy, immortal diet,

My bottle of salvation,

My gown of glory, hope’s true gage,

And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage.

 

Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)
The icon of St Augustine above was produced for St. Austin Parish Texas by Nicholas Markell of Winchester Virginia, and is used by kind permission of that parish
The Gaelic Blessing and Prayer of Sir Walter Raleigh are from  The Pilgrim Prayer Book by                                           +David Stancliffe

E-mail : austpilgrimage@yahoo.co.uk