St Mary’s Choir makes pilgrimage to Hereford to mark launch of route

The choir of St Mary’s Church in Swansea were delighted to sing at two services in Hereford Cathedral to mark the launch of a new pilgrimage route from Swansea to Hereford.

The pilgrimage, known as the St Thomas Way, marks a pilgrimage in 1290 by Lord and Lady de Briouze along with William Cragh to see the tomb of Thomas Cantilupe, the former Bishop of Hereford, who was accredited with performing a miracle to bring back William Cragh to life following his hanging (thomasway.ac.uk)

Canon Ian Rees read the story of William Cragh during the dedication ceremony while the choir sang at both that service and later, at choral evensong.

The project has been organised by Southampton University who have worked closely with Hereford Cathedral, churches along the route and with St Mary’s who are really grateful for the work done particularly by Catherine Clarke and Chloe McKenzie.

This launch day will hopefully mark the start of many journeys by pilgrims from Swansea to Hereford and there will also be an exhibition coming to St Mary’s in September.