12th July 2014 Annual Pilgrimage

A particularly happy occasion – unusually just before rather than just after a crucial General Synod vote – with fine weather, and a good gathering of the faithful from various parishes. And a special encouragement from our preacher, Fr Christopher Phillips, ordained priest not two weeks before, who simply by his presence and personality, offered a vision for the future: he preached a good sermon as well.
For further photos, do go to the excellent website of the Parish of St James, Haydock – they came as a parish group and took in the delights of Skipton market beforehand, some nice pictures
1 Holy well

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Talking of General Synod, it was on the following Monday that the bishops and representatives, at last, got their act together and voted through the legislation necessary for the ordination of women to the episcopate. At last! We can heave a sigh of relief, and get on to proclaiming the Gospel, without that dreaded shadow hanging over us. True, it is a wrong thing to do, and not in the gift of the Church of England to change, but after ordaining women priests twenty years, it was inevitable. As we kept saying, ‘If you must do it, do it quickly. Just get on with it!’
History will show that the campaigning organisation, WATCH, has managed to delay the introduction of women bishops by some six years. That is shameful. What – and this is a serious question – what on earth was gained by this painful delay?

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