Saturday 18 March 2017

St Cuthbert's Day Walk and Procession

The walk started, as it always does, from St Mary's and St Cuthbert's Church, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QB

The annual walk from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral is in honour of St Cuthbert. It is symbolic of the arrival of the body of and relics of St Cuthbert in Durham in 994AD, and the formation of the Anglo-Saxon White Church, a precusor to today's great Norman Cathedral. 

The walk arrived at the Cathedral via Durham City's Market Place.  Unlike this year on 17 March, when weather conditions were challenging to say the least, the St Cuthbert Banner was carried last year in procession from the Market Place to the Cathedral and was welcomed at the Cathedral for a procession and prayers at the Shrine of St Cuthbert.

As a reminder of the walk here is a short video. Included in the soundtrack are excerpts from the talk given by Chris Kilkenny in 2012, the first year the newly created Banner was available to lead the procession.