As we approach the end of Lent, the new Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby – is undertaking a journey of prayer prior to his Enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday (21 March 2013). On the day before Passion Sunday his took his journey to London and having spent the morning at St Paul’s Cathedral he crossed the Thames via the Millennium Bridge into the Diocese of Southwark.
His first stop on his walk was at Borough Market where he rang the Market Bell before blessing the market and traders. He then continued his walk to Southwark Cathedral.
Outside the Cathedral he prayed by the south-west door at the cross that is erected in the church yard. Being preceded by the Zimbabwean Mothers’ Union Choir, he entered with the Bishop of Southwark, Southwark Area Bishops and Cathedral Canons.
Once inside, ++Justin met his fellow pilgrims at the various prayer activities that were located around the building. With chairs removed from a section of the nave, a labyrinth was laid out on the floor. At 13:30 and hourly, he led the assembly in prayer.
As we approach Easter, we consider the Passion of Christ. Crosses and images start to be be covered in some churches, and remain so until the Easter Vigil.