We moved on to Saint Martin’s Church, where our prayer was extempore.
The two walls shown here include plenty of Roman brick as well as a few local flints. There are three blocked off doorways; the central one may be the one Saint Bertha used in 597. The windows and buttress are recent. The ground has risen above the level of the church floor – is that 1400 years of burials?
From the oldest Church in town we went to one of the newest, the chapel of Canterbury Christ Church University. ‘Wow!’ said Caroline. It is a lovely space, but we especially came to see the tapestry.
Dear Lord our Father,
Jesus the Good Shepherd bids us welcome and extends to us the invitation “Come to me”. He knows the troubles we have, our weariness and our failing strength as we try our best to live our lives in keeping with your overarching plan for us and for the world.
Remind us to always turn to him for comfort and restoration whenever we feel life is becoming burdensome.
We are all at times lost sheep, in need of a desire to come back to you.
At this time we remember the artist of the Lost Sheep painting and entrust her soul to your tender care. May all those who find life difficult remember your invitation to come back to you. Amen
The Lost Sheep painting that hung in the chapel was by a former student who was found dead in the Solent.
Before leaving we looked at the Bible, open at Romans:
It is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
A good verse for pilgrims!
We made our way back to Saint Mildred’s and stopped there to see the Good Shepherd statue, before we sat down, in true L’Arche tradition, to share a meal together.
There are many other places we could visit next time we have a MINI PILGRIMAGE AROUND CANTERBURY. Let’s see what next year brings!