YP Letters: Archbishop’s pilgrimage takes faith to streets

The Archbishop of York, left, on his pilgrimage of prayer as he walked from Tickton to Beverley.
The Archbishop of York, left, on his pilgrimage of prayer as he walked from Tickton to Beverley.
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From: Edward Grainger, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

READERS of The Yorkshire Post will have been “moved” by Tom Richmond’s feature article on the Beverley leg of the Archbishop of York’s six-month “pilgrimage of prayer, witness and blessing” (The Yorkshire Post, March 4). Dr Sentamu is clearly no exception to those who have gone before him.

His is a series of visits to each parish in the Diocese of York in re-affirmation of his own Christian values and confirms, as The Yorkshire Post’s well- intentioned Editorial explains, as he puts his own faith in motion, that he is one of life’s “movers and shakers”.

It was this urgent and pressing need to take “to the road” to spread Christ’s teachings in a variety of unorthodox ways that inspired Canon Gibson-Black to welcome all cyclists and their families from across Yorkshire and beyond to an annual Service of Thanksgiving, with the first in 1927.

Like Sir Winston Churchill, Dr Sentamu could, given his obvious dedication to his Christian beliefs and love of his adopted ‘God’s own county’, through good times and bad, bear with justification the phase first associated with Britain’s Second World War leader “cometh the man cometh the hour”. The Archbishop is today’s man and this is his hour.