A Cathedral Pilgrimage
Dear People of God,
As we make our first steps to safely reopen, I want to offer you the opportunity to take a pilgrimage to our beautiful sanctuary. The Vestry, Worship Council and staff have worked hard to make this Cathedral Pilgrimage safe and meaningful for you; it begins Tuesday, May 19. If you’d like to be a pilgrim and take this journey, please follow these steps:
- Make a Reservation: Click here to RSVP or call the church office (904) 356-5507. Pilgrimage hours are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. We request that you reserve a time before taking your pilgrimage so that we may prepare for your visit. If you would like to visit a gravesite in the Bishop’s Garden and will need assistance with the steps, please let us know when you make the reservation. We are here to help you.
- Parking and Entering the Cathedral: Park in the grass lot at Church and Market Streets or on the street. Enter through the Church Street door by the kitchen and the Cathedral Park. This entrance is handicap accessible. Someone will greet you at the door and take your name and the names of all people in your party. Then, follow the arrows through Taliaferro Hall to the Bishop’s Garden and the Cathedral.
- What to Expect in the Cathedral: A lay minister will ring a bell at the top of each hour and lead a prayer for the sake of the ministries of the Diocese of Florida and St. John’s Cathedral and the Lord’s Prayer. Consecrated wafers will be laid on a tray for you at the altar. You may take and eat it while standing or kneeling by the rail. The lay minister is able to pray with you and for you at your request and at a social distance. You are also invited to light a candle at a station to the left of the altar.
- Leaving: When you are finished with prayer and meditation, you can exit by following the arrows on the floor. For a small donation ($5 is requested), you may take a bottle of hand sanitizer from the basket by the door. The Cathedral will be sanitized and readied for the next pilgrim.
Pilgrimage is an ancient Christian tradition. Think of this as a labyrinth at your own church. Below is a piece by our Director of Formation, Owene Courtney, on the meaning and practice of pilgrimage.
What is Pilgrimage?
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