Jan. 4 [Fri.]: Arrive London and transfer via train from to London from Heathrow. We ask that all participants arrive by 10:00AM January 4th. Each participant will transfer on their own to our Hotel via train and taxi. We will depart on a city tour of Londonat 1:00PM. Fr. Klukas will lead a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and include a driving tour of central London and time permitting the British Museum. Dinner and overnight at our hotel The Royal National Hotel in Russell Square.
Jan. 5 [Sat.]: Canterbury We depart early this morning to the Cathedral City of Canterbury for a walking tour and a visit to the Cathedral. Morning tour of Canterbury, beginning with St. Martin's Parish Church, the oldest church in continual use in the British Isles. Follow the route of the Canterbury pilgrims down the hill to the ruins of St. Augustine Abbey and on to the magnificent Cathedral and the site of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket. We'll have lunch on our own, in one of Canterbury’s wonderful Tea Rooms or pubs then continue back to London where you will be free to explore London’s restaurants or perhaps enjoy a theater performance.
Jan. 6 [Sun.]: High Mass at All Saints’ or Low Service at All Souls. Bury St. Edmunds and Norwich This afternoon We will depart London for Norwich, we will stop at Bury St. Edmunds enroute. Bury St. Edmunds is a beautiful town with a colorful history and attractions which draw tens of thousands of visitors in each year. It claims to be the place where Edmund, King of the East Angles was buried. The town was built around one of the most powerful monasteries in medieval Europe, living through scandal, turmoil and glory. Its abbey, ruined since Henry VIII's Reformation, remains a focal point of the town with the Abbey Gate and Norman tower standing as remnants of the former glory of the Abby. We arrive in Norwich and settle into our hotel, The Premier Inn Norwich, which will be our home for the next eight nights. Dinner is included this evening.
Jan. 7 [Mon.]: Orientation to the Cathedral and to the walled city and its 100+ churches. As with every day this week, we will begin with Mattins and Mass in the Cathedral followed by breakfast in the refectory. The morning will be spent in the Cathedral Cloister, with introductions to the CathedralDean and Chapter, the history of the city and the cathedral; After lunch in the Refectory we will spend the afternoon touring the city and using it as our ‘textbook’ for understanding the relationship of the Anglican parishes and other Anglican institutions to the life of the wider community, and what it means to be the “established Church of England” in the past and present. After Evensong and dinner the evening will be free.
Jan. 8 [Tues.]: Medieval piety—monks & nuns, burgers & peasants, nobles & mystics Mattins and Mass in the Cathedral, followed by breakfast in the Refectory. The morning will be spent discussing the Church in the middle ages—the baron in his castle, the bishop in his palace, the monks in the cathedral, the friars and other religious in their various convents, as well as the lives of common people in their parishes. Lunch in the Refectory. During the afternoon we will walk the city to investigate each of the institutions we discussed in the morning. After Evensong and dinner we will engage in a discussion of the lives of Blessed Julian and Margery Kempe with local experts
Jan. 9 [Wed.]: from Reformation [BCP 1549] to Restoration [BCP 1662]Mattins and Mass in the Cathedral, followed by breakfast in the Refectory. The morning will be spent discussing the consequences of the Reformation in and around Norwich. We will explore the Cathedral library to see primary documents of the era and discuss with the canons the implications of the Reformation on the life and worship of the Cathedral and local parishes. Lunch in the Refectory. In the afternoon we will see the evidence of the Reformation in the city’s parishes and other institutions and also visit several Non-conformist chapels. We will return to the Cathedral to attend a choir rehearsal and learn about the English choral tradition first-hand. Evensong in the Cathedral. This evening will we experience another English musical tradition—that of change-ringing’ and the distinctive sound it lends to parish churches. We will follow that with a festive pub supper at a local traditional inn.
Jan. 10 [Thurs.]: Non-Conformists & Recusants, Evangelicals & Anglo-Catholics: Mattins and Mass in the Cathedral, followed by breakfast in the Refectory. Our focus today will be on religious life after 1662—both within the Church of England and beyond it; especially looking at the rise of Evangelical movements [including Methodists], the impact of the Oxford Movement, and the emergence of a Roman Catholic presence. Lunch in the Refectory. In the afternoon we will explore the “look and feel” of several churches including a strongly Evangelical Anglican parish as well as a decidedly Anglo-Catholic parish. We will speak with parishioners about how their worship, outreach and piety inform their lives. After Evensong the evening is free.
Jan. 11 [Fri.]: Ministry today in city & countryside; problems, paradoxes and possibilities Mattins and Mass and Evensong in the Cathedral is expected, but the day is totally free for you to explore the city and its environs on your own, to focus on your particular research interests, etc. No meals are provided today.
Jan. 12 [Sat.]: Pilgrimage to Walsingham and its environsBreakfast is on your own, and a bus will arrive at the hotel by 8:30am to take us into the countryside to see several rural villages and their parish churches before we arrive at the pilgrimage shrine of Walsingham. We will be greeted by the Shrine’s staff, have the privilege of celebrating Mass inside the Holy House, and learn about AngloCatholic and Roman Catholic views on devotion to the Virgin Mary. After lunch in the shrine refectory, there will be time to explore the various sites in and around the Holy House. Upon our return to Norwich we will celebrate a festive farewell dinner in the Cathedral Refectory with invited guests.
Jan. 13 [Sun.]: Full day of participating in services at the Cathedral: This is ourfinal day in Norwich. We will spend the day mostly in the Cathedral, from Mattins to Evensong, including our breakfast and lunch. After Evensong we have our last free night to experience the life of a real “resident”—which we have been!
Jan. 14 [Mon.]: We will depart via coach for London early this morning. All airline reservations must be made for departures from Heathrow at 12:00PM or later.
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