Salisbury Cathedral might just be my favorite church in all of England. I did not attend a service there, but I spent a fair bit of time inside, and found I didn’t want to leave. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend a regular church service since arriving in London, since I have mandatory school trips on Sundays. However, sitting in the choir at the cathedral gave me the unshakable feeling that I was coming home.
I immediately felt comfortable in Salisbury, despite its huge size and the intimidating tombs of past bishops and earls. The tour guides were filled with cute stories about initiating choirboys, impressive knowledge about the Magna Carta – a copy of which is housed there – and interesting news about the progressive steps the church was taking. The Anglican Church may not be quite as liberal as the Episcopal Church, but it seems the clergy are definitely looking to take the church in a similar direction.
The altar that I found myself returning to again and again during my visit was meant for St. Margaret of Scotland, the patron saint for families. Even though there were many tour groups within the church at the time, I found myself alone at the altar and finally got a private moment to say a prayer for the people I love.
The spring semester always seems to be a little bit busier than the fall semester at New York University; not only do we have to deal with classes, but we have to start looking for internships and jobs for after graduation. During Lent, I hope you’ll take a moment every once in a while to say a little prayer for the people love. I promise, it will quiet your restless mind and remind you of what’s truly important.
Abby Page was Canterbury Downtown’s Communications Assistant in the fall semester of 2014. She is a sophomore at New York University, and is currently studying abroad in London. Abby plans to declare a major in English and hopes to become a writer.