St Julian of Norwich
It is 600 years since the death of Julian of Norwich, who was an anchoress of St Julian’s Church off Rouen Road and in demand as a spiritual counsellor.
She is best known for her book The Revelations of Divine Love based on a series of sixteen visions received on 8 May 1373. She is thought to have been the first woman to write a book to survive in English.
Norwich Cathedral (Church of England), St. John the Baptist Cathedral (Roman Catholic), and St. Julian’s Church with the Julian of Norwich Shrine have collaborated to make a pilgrimage map for walking between these three holy places.
The Julian Shrine is a place of quietness, prayer, and consolation in the midst of busy city life, open every day of the year. Regular services are held there and intercession requests are offered at the Friday Eucharist. See www.julianofnorwich.org for service times.
The Julian Centre, adjacent to the Shrine, offers an extensive lending library, with one of the best collections of Julian materials in the country, as well as a bookstore. Opening hours: 10:303:30 Monday-Saturday. See www.thejuliancentre.org or call 01603 767380.
There is an annual Julian Week in celebration of her life, held usually in early May – see http://julianweek.org/about-2/
Accommodation is available in All Hallows Guest House adjoining the shrine – http://www.all-hallows.org/guesthouses.php