Tripartite Pilgrimage to St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh
Saturday 3rd June 2017
On Saturday 3rd June 2017, representatives from the Provincial Priories of Northumberland and South Ulster and the District Grand Priory of South East Scotland came together in pilgrimage to the Parish Church of St Aidan at Bamburgh.
Organised by Rt.Em.Fr. Archie Shields, KCT, Past District Grand Prior of South East Scotland, the church service was led by Rt.Em.Fr. the Revd Henry Williamson, KCT, who paid moving tribute to the life of St Aidan, the Irish monk from Iona who, in the year 635 AD, lit the flame of Christianity in the North of England, which continues to burn as brightly today as it did all those years ago.
Tribute was also paid to an unknown Crusader Knight of Bamburgh, who’s effigy lies in the nave of the church, reminding us all of those Christian Soldiers who died in defence of the Christian religion.
Our own RE Provincial Prior, Alan Hume, laid a wreath to commemorate the life of St Aidan, after which H & VE Sir Kt Frank Arnold, KCT, Provincial Prior of South Ulster, laid a wreath in memory of the unknown Crusader.
The second part of the pilgrimage took place at the War Memorial, set into the rocky base of Bamburgh Castle. Revd Williamson again led the Knights in an Act of Remembrance before the final wreath was laid by Rt.Em.Fr. James Burns Hogg, District Grand Prior of South East Scotland.
The day concluded with a superb buffet meal at the Castle Hotel, during which the Knights from the three Priories forged strong links of friendship and unity of purpose.
At the end of the day, the Knights raised over £1,000 which was donated to the Church of St Aidan to assist them in the continuation of their good work, as well as a donation to the RNLI Grace Darling Museum.