The Fursey Pilgrims held their annual
pilgrimage on Saturday 2nd October at Burgh Castle
There was a service in church and then prayers at the traditional site of St. Fursey’s Monastery inside the walls of the Roman fort.
Abba Seraphim the Metropolitan of the British Orthodox (Coptic) Church who is a monk attached to Monastery of El-Sourian, in Waddi Natrum was the preacher.
Abba Seraphim spoke of the monastic background of those who first evangelised the East Anglians – Felix, Fursey and Botolf. It followed the pattern established by St. Paul the Hermit and St.Anthony in the Western Desert of Egypt.
The figures of St. Paul and St. Anthony are often found together in artwork of early Insular (Irish/British/Saxon) church. Abba Seraphim travels to the Western Desert and the monasteries they founded in the near future.
Can we expect the wilderness of Breydon Water will be twinned with the desert adjoining the Red Sea?
The next event organised by the Fursey Pilgrims is the annual lecture in January 2011
Visit the Norfolk Archeological Trust website at www.norfarchtrust.org.uk to find out more about Burgh Castle