‘If you want to see God, come to the Whitby area’ - says Sentamu

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, at the community shop in Lythe'picture: Helen le Roux

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, at the community shop in Lythe'picture: Helen le Roux

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Archbishop Sentamu is on a pilgrimage of prayer, witness and blessing - and after his visit to Lythe Shop today, that could also include pork pies, of which he said Lythe’s were very good.

He chatted to the locals, had lots of photos taken and to the delight of everyone, gave a small sermon in the shop. He handed out rosaries which were made in the desert in Egypt by monks.

His pilgrimage is significant as it also pays homage to the importance of our legacy of christianity and its heritage and importance, something not lost on the Archbishop.

“The area around here is so beautiful and when you are in Whitby all you are doing is walking up and down.

“It didn’t surprise me at all that the Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire wanted to come here.”

Of Whitby he said: “It’s one of the most beautiful places.

“If you want to see God, come here and look at the landscape.”

Archbishop Sentamu had walked from the priory in Sneaton and the significance of the work being done on the Sandsend Road had an impact on him too.

“When you see cranes that size doing work I said ‘how did people manage to build York Cathedral without one of those?’

“And that was 500 years ago.”

The Archbishop is on a six-month pilgrimage.

“Do your realise how big the diocese of York is - 26,661 square miles.”

By the time he had finished, John Sentamu will have covered an awful lot of them - and hopefully not indulged in too many pork pies.