A Lunchtime Pilgrimage

Join us at Trinity Cathedral on Sixth Avenue beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 12:10 p.m., for an unusual lunchtime journey: from this world, to that which is to come.

Discover the truth about the Slough of Despond, the Giant Apollyon, the Delectable Mountains and Vanity Fair.

Receive the comfort of the Shining Ones, and see Faithful carried to heaven to the sound of trumpets.

For six consecutive Tuesdays we will listen to the words of John Bunyan, see through the mystic eyes of artist William Blake, and be stirred by the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams as we share The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Presented by the Rev. Dr. Philip Wainwright, the format is designed for those who work downtown, so we don’t start till 12:10, to give you time to get here, and there will be time for questions and comments before we finish at 12:50, so you can get back to the real world in time. But in the forty minutes we will take each week, we will be far away from downtown Pittsburgh, on a pilgrimage of our own, quite unlike the kind churches usually promote.

You’re welcome to bring your lunch or some coffee and eat/drink it as we go.

John-Bunyan_portrait-500Bunyan was one of those people most despised by the great and the good of 17th century England: an uneducated man, a tinker, someone who sharpened knives and repaired kettles for a living. A Cambridge professor of the time described him as “the meanest of all the vulgar in the country,” mostly because despite his lack of a university education he had the impudence to believe he could preach the word of God, even though he had not been given permission by the church. This was illegal in England until 1689, and Bunyan spent many years in jail for this crime, and some of The Pilgrim’s Progress was written there.

By J.Ninian Comper.
Detail from the memorial window to John Bunyan at Westminster Abbey by J.Ninian Comper.

Today there’s a stained glass window to him in Westminster Abbey, his book hasn’t been out of print since it was first published, and it has been translated into more than 200 languages. At times it has been the only Christian reading, apart from the Bible, that many people ever used. Countless Christians have found that reading it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness and holiness, and if even for forty minutes we can detach ourselves from the pleasure-seeking habit of the world we live in, we might find God at work in us in a way quite new to us.

Admission and participation is free.