Will you join the Whit Walks?Thursday 16th May 2019
Once again this year diocesan parishes have been invited to take part in the Manchester and Salford Whit Walks which is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th. The groups set off from Manchester Cathedral at 10am and walk to Albert Square for an Act of Worship, before returning to Manchester Cathedral. Last year St. Clare’s, Blackley, and the Diocesan UCM were pioneers in taking part, together with Bishop John who preached at the Act of Worship.
The Manchester Whit Walks originate from the Anglican Sunday Schools and started here in the 1780s. By 1810 the numbers walking in Manchester had reached over 7,000. The first Catholic procession took place in 1844 to mark the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone at Salford Catherdal. There are a number of highlights from the many Whit Walks including the 1973 walk to mark the Bi-Centenary of the first Catholic parish in Manchester, where over 12, 000 people joined the Whit Sunday procession.
Please consider taking part either as a parish group or even as Churches Together in your area. It is a joyful act of witness and a pleasant fun morning out.
It is good if parishes have a banner. If you have a marching band, bring them along as well.
There is a modest charge to cover the marshalling costs.
9.30am Assemble behind Manchester Cathedral
10am Procession sets off to march to Albert Square
10.45am Act of Worship in Albert Square
11.30am Procession sets off from Albert Square to return to Manchester Cathedral