To Be a Pilgrim
December 29 — St. Thomas Becket • 2h 9m
An ancient trail of pilgrimage runs through south-east England, a pathway along which so much of English identity converges. It is the way of St. Thomas Becket, the martyr who stood up to a King and inspired Christendom. It is a route that drew countless pilgrims in ages past, captured the imagination of Chaucer, and interest in this pilgrim path is strongly reviving again today.
This beautifully photographed film follows Fr. Marcus Holden and Fr. Nicholas Schofield as they journey on pilgrimage from London to Canterbury. Along the way they discover the story of St Thomas and various fascinating traditions: the Rood of Boxley, the splendor of Rochester, the “second Carmel” at Aylesford, and many more.
By retracing the inspiring journey of the medieval pilgrims, this film reveals the rich Christian heritage of England, and provides a profound reflection for all Catholics on what it means ‘To Be A Pilgrim.’