Pilgrim for a Day

While many pilgrimages are epic in distance and duration at the other end of the spectrum, small local sites or shrines allow pilgrims to step outside the cacophony of daily life for a few hours at most.  My personal favourite is a journey of around 50 miles to St Peter’s on the Wall; the oldest extant Christian building in England. Here in a meadow on the windswept Essex coast is a stone temple, modest and unadorned. Standing in the stillness of these ancient stones one is reminded that we are but specks of dust in the great whirlwind of time and for me, it is this liberation from self, however fleeting, that is one of the great joys of pilgrimage. 

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