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Our annual Circuit PIlgrimage sought to commemorate the beginning of World War 1 and to pray for peace. We gathered at All Saints Church in Highcross where Chris Stephens talked to us about the "At Risk" War Memorials project and showed us some of the memorials that have been rescued and refurbished.
We walked through the City Centre and up through New Walk. As you can see from this photo of pilgrims posing next to a newly located Richard III outside the Cathedral, we were blessed with a beautiful day. At Victoria Park we prayed at the War memorials and shared stories of how our families had been shaped through both World Wars. There were some fascinating, and heartbreaking, testimonies.
We then moved to the Fielding Johnson building at the University of Leicester. This had been used as hospital during WWI. On Armistice Day a public fund was launched to found a University as a living war memorial, with this as its first building. We prayed for peace around the world using the Univeristy motto as our response: "That they may have life".
Finally we received a warm welcome at the University Chaplaincy from chaplains, Stephen Foster and Jill Marsh, who led us in a Taize-style evening worship.