Crossbones Blessing and Celebration

Sunday 21 July from 12.30pm - 5.00pm in Crossbones Garden of Remembrance

Crossbones blessing and celebration of St Mary Magdelene's Feast Day.

For the fifth successive year, the Dean of Southwark, The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn conducts a special service at Crossbones, the outcasts' burial ground.  This 'Act of Regret, Remembrance, Restoration' expresses the church's regret for the treatment of the 'Winchester Geese', the sex workers who worked in the Bankside brothels licensed by the Bishop of Winchester, yet were allegedly denied a Christian burial.  It is a powerful statement of the Cathedral's support for the protection of Crossbones Garden.

The service will be followed by a performance of poems and songs inspired by Crossbones, then a picnic in the garden.  This is Free and open to all.

12.30pm - The Dean and Clergy leave Southwark Cathedral in procession (You can join the procession on the west side of the Cathedral, or gather at Crossbones beforehand.

1.00pm - The Dean conducts the 'Act of Regret, Remembrance, Restoration' at Crossbones.

1.30pm - John Constable conducts a short guided tour of Cross Bones history and myth

2.00pm - John Constable and Kirsten Morrison lead a performance of poems and songs inspired by the Graveyard and dedicated to St. Mary Magdelene.

2.30pm - Picnic in Crossbones Garden to celebrate St. Mary Magdelene's Feast Day 

Refreshments will be provided but please snacks and drinks to share, minimizing packaging and taking any rubbish away with you.

Full details can be found at the Cross Bones website here