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Q: When you say ‘we carry a cross to
Walsingham’, what exactly do you mean?
A: As Christians and enquirers, we walk our Easter pilgrimage in
recognition of Christ’s journey to Calvary and we celebrate his
Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The cross we carry is over 6 feet
tall and would be far too heavy for one person to carry alone.
However, as a community (usually 3 at a time) we are much better
equipped to carry our wooden cross along our journey as a mark of
witness to those who see us, and as a timely reminder to ourselves
of Christ’s Holy Week journey towards death and resurrection.
Practically speaking, carrying the cross is very manageable for most
since turns are short and communal. If you have any concerns about
carrying and/or walking please email
northern-leg [at] studentcross.org.uk and we’ll happily talk
to you a little more about the details.
Q: Where will we sleep?
A: We sleep mainly on church hall floors (so sleeping bag and mat
essential!) but we do spend one night, in pairs, at the homes of
friendly parishioners who are kind enough to provide us with beds.
Some halls have better facilities than others but we always have the
bare necessities necessary to sleep safely and comfortably and be
ready to walk the next day.
Q: Is everyone ‘super holy’? What if I don’t go to church
regularly or still have a lot of questions? Can I still walk?
A: Every walker and every person we meet along the way is ‘holy’
because we have all been lovingly created by God. Northern is proud
to be a welcoming and inter-denominational group of individuals who
all walk for a variety of reasons. None of us are perfect and none
of us claim to have all the answers. In fact, most of us keep
walking in order to keep asking the same questions. You will not be
judged on your church attendance or how well you can recite one
prayer or another. All we ask is that you join us with and open mind
and heart and we believe that God will do the rest.
Q: What happens when we arrive at Walsingham?
A: On Good Friday, the Northern Leg community retakes its place
within the wider Student Cross pilgrimage. Having arrived, and laid
our cross down alongside those of our fellow groups, we all begin
our Good Friday liturgy together. The Easter weekend spent at the
Shrine offers opportunities for more prayer, fellowship and
celebration and is the focal point of our pilgrimage. Each year
different legs take responsibility for different parts of the
weekend and there are celebrations based around all the major
Christian denominations. During your week on Northern Leg we will
talk to you about what to expect at Walsingham and make sure that
everyone feels included upon arrival.
Q: I have some more questions to ask – to whom may I direct them?
A: Northern Leg’s leader can be reached via
northern-leg [at] studentcross.org.uk if there is anything of
a sensitive or personal nature you would like to discuss. For more
practical matters, please ask the Northern Secretaries via
northern-leg [at] studentcross.org.uk
and they will be happy to answer any more questions about the nature
of the week.
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