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/ 12 February 2014

National celebration of the 20th anniversary of women’s priesthood

On Saturday 3 May this year there will be a national celebration, held in London, of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood. This will begin at around 1pm in College Garden, Westminster Abbey, where food will be on sale or people can bring picnics.

At 2pm a procession will move off and will walk to St Paul’s Cathedral, assisted by road marshals, arriving at around 4.30pm. The Archbishop of Canterbury will greet the crowds on the steps of the Cathedral, following which a service will take place at 5pm. 

Tickets for the service have been distributed to the 1994 cohort of women priests and a small number to each diocese, but there will be a screen in Paternoster Square with a live broadcast of the service for those unable to get into the Cathedral. Communion will be distributed to those gathered in Paternoster Square to take part in the service.

Anyone who wishes to join the gathering at Westminster Abbey, the procession and/or the gathering outside St Paul’s Cathedral is very welcome to do so. This is an occasion for all those who wish to, lay or ordained, male or female, to celebrate the ordination of women priests.

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