Blessing the River

Southwark Cathedral procession on the Thames Path passing under the 1831 Rennie arch of the earlier London Bridge.

The annual Blessing of the River Thames t0ok place on Baptism Sunday 8 January with prayers for those working on the river. A wooden cross, inspired by the Epiphany Orthodox tradition on twelfth day of Christmas, is cast into the water.

Processions of clergy and congregation from Southwark Cathedral on the south bank and St Magnus the Martyr Church on the north bank met in the middle of London Bridge’s downstream side.

St Magnus, the northern gateway church, has the pavement of Old London Bridge, which was a different alignment, running through the base of tower entrance. The church also displays a model of Old London Bridge.

Pictures by Claire Meunier.

The Southwark procession on London Bridge.
St Magnus approaches from the City.
The Cardinal Rector of St Magnus, Fr Philip Warner, and the Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, holding the cross before it is thrown down to the water.
The Rector of St Magnus sprinkles the crowd with holy water with The Shard in the distance.
Dean Andrew Nunn sprinkles the crowd with holy water.

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