The Octave of the Translation of St Edward the Confessor
12th – 18th October 2017
During Edwardtide we celebrate the life of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–1066, the re-founder of Westminster Abbey. Canonised in 1161, to this day pilgrims come to pray at his shrine.
Join us in this Feast to commemorate the life and work of St Edward, king and confessor, in prayer and praise.
All are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required.
Thursday 12th October
Friday 13th October
The Translation of St Edward the Confessor, 1163-1269
On 13th October 1163 St Edward's body was moved, or 'translated', to a Shrine in the church he had built. On 13th October 1269 his relics were translated to the Shrine in the present church as part of its Liturgy of Dedication. Although St Edward's day of death (5th January) is also commemorated at Westminster Abbey, the Feast of the Translation is the principal celebration of St Edward's life and holiness.
5.00 pm - Sung Eucharist
Saturday 14th October
National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor
All-day pilgrimage: visits to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, lectures, and children's activities.
11.30 am - Festival Eucharist
This Festival Eucharist celebrates St Edward's life and holiness on the day of the national pilgrimage to his shrine.
Preacher: The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
Sunday 15th October
Dedication of Westminster Abbey, 1269
The Feast of Dedication of a church is a celebration of the church building as a house of God and place of prayer.
The present Abbey Church was dedicated on 13th October 1269. Since 13th October is the principal feast of St Edward, here at the Abbey we keep the Feast of Dedication on the following Sunday.
10.30 am - Sung Eucharist
Preacher: The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster