Student Cross - Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Arriving at St Peter & St Paul Church Swaffham 
Maundy Thursday, 13th April 2017

Student Cross is the annual ecumenical, cross carrying, walking pilgrimage to Walsingham that takes place

over Holy Week and Easter

For 30 years or so, ‘Student Cross’ have been walking, and carrying a large cross, from Epping, North London to Walsingham, journeying through Swaffham to arrive in time for Good Friday. Here at Swaffham parish church they receive hospitality, provided by the local branch of the Mothers’ Union. They spend about an hour with us, and the Mothers’ Union (and their helpers) share a short act of worship with the students before they leave – singing and carrying their large wooden cross on the next stage of their walk, to nearby Castle Acre, where they usually spend the night. They complete the final stage of their journey to Walsingham on Good Friday where they meet up with other ‘legs’.
 

 
 

Swaffham in sight..
The Pilgrims take it in turns to carry the heavy cross
Arriving at
Swaffham Parish Church
Mother's Union members and helpers provide  hospitalityto the pilgrims