The Archbishop of Canterbury Visits Downpatrick for St Patrick”s Day

The Most Revd Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, joined with The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down & Dromore, The Most Revd Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh, and other pilgrims from across the world and various Christian traditions at today’s traditional St Patrick’s Day pilgrimage walk from St Patrick’s Church, Saul to Down Cathedral, Downpatrick.

The pilgrimage got underway after an early morning service of Holy Communion at Saul at which the preacher was Dom Mark–Ephrem of Holy Cross Monastery, Rostrevor. Along the pilgrimage route, walkers stopped to pray for reconciliation in our broken world, in this land and between churches.

Amicum launch 'Into All the World'The third pilgirmage stop was outside Downpatrick Methodist Church at which the Archbishop of Canterbury launched a report to the Anglican Consultative Council and the World Methodist Council by AMICUM, ‘Into All the World: Being and Becoming Apostolic Churches’.

At Down Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby preached on a theme of Reconciliation at a festival service with contributions from Sullivan Irish Music Group, the cathedral choir, the McCartney School of Irish Dance and the Down & Dromore Year of Mission choir Kerygma.

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