St Albans Abbey – St Albans – Sunday morning 17th November 2013Posted: November 17, 2013
A small part of the procession
Up early this morning. St Albans is a notorious place to park, you need to get there early to get reasonably close to the Cathedral, and it’s very hilly. We left home at 9.40am and arrived at 10.00am parking at the bottom of the hill. It’s the High Sheriff’s Justice Service, starting at 11.15am, but we have to be there early to be positioned in the procession. Still it gives us all a chance to talk with other members of the chain gang. The service was not short, with special prayers spoken by the High Sheriff Viscountess Fiona Trenchard and her family. The choir as always was wonderful.
St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1,700 years ago. It has over 160,000 visitors each year, over 12,000 school children visit the Cathedral’s Education Centre and thousands of pilgrims come to worship at the Shrine of St Alban. With medieval wall paintings, the longest Nave in England and magnificent architecture, it is well worth a visit.
High Sheriffs are active in supporting charities, community groups and voluntary services. There is a particular emphasis on crime reduction and avoidance, as well as the development of an anti crime culture. The High Sheriff’s Fund was established to make possible the permanent funding of awards for exceptional achievement in the prevention of crime and the provision of useful and rewarding activities for young people.