Friday, 15 June 2012

Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust

Members of the EMPT on their visit to the Church of St John the Evangelist in Heron’s Ghyll.
Front row left to right:
Fr. Stephen Hardaker, parish priest of St John’s; Pam Cunningham , parishioner; HE the Most Revd Kallistos, Metropolitan of Diokleia, Chairman of the EMPT; Revd Stanley Evans and the Revd Dr. Peter Marr .
 On 19th May, members of the Ecumenical Marian Pilgrimage Trust made their annual pilgrimage, this time to East Sussex where they visited two historic churches – St John the Evangelist, at Heron’s Ghyll; and St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church at Buxted, known as the ‘Nazareth of Sussex’ because of its association with Walsingham.

Fr. Stephen Hardaker, parish priest, said Mass for the party in St John’s, after which parishioner Mr Esme Howard gave a talk on the history and characteristics of the church and its connections with the Howard family through the vision and generosity of the 15th Duke of Norfolk and his mother Minna, Dowager Duchess.

The parishioners provided lunch in the Church Hall. The party then moved to St Mary the Virgin, Buxted, where Nigel NcNeill gave a talk about this fine expression of 19th-century Anglo-Catholic revivalism, whose history in so many ways runs parallel to that of St. John’s, Heron’s Ghyll. The party prayed vespers together to conclude a memorable day.

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