The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, will preach at a Sung Eucharist at 11.30 am on Saturday 18th October 2014 during the National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward at Westminster Abbey.
During Edwardtide the Abbey celebrates the life of St Edward the Confessor, who was King of England from 1042 to 66, and re-built Westminster Abbey beside his new Palace of Westminster. He was canonised in 1161 and his body moved to a new shrine above ground on 13th October 1163.
A century later on 13th October 1269 the body was moved to the current Shrine behind the High Altar of the church Henry III had built, the current Abbey church. On Sunday 19th October this year, the Abbey celebrates its Feast of Dedication, a celebration of the church building being set apart as a house of God and place of prayer. Since 13th October is the principal feast of St Edward, here at the Abbey the Feast of Dedication is observed on the following Sunday.
The preacher at the Sung Eucharist at 10.30 am will be the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.
Choral Evensong at 3.00 pm will be sung in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Westminster, The Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and the Mayors and other representatives of all the London Boroughs. The address will be given by the Venerable Andrew Tremlett, Sub-Dean and Rector of St Margaret's Church Westminster Abbey.