October 30

All through my walk whenever I passed a church that was open I would go in and sit for a few minutes. As you might imagine there were some very special places and they were all so individual. 

One that I remember with fondness was in Nuffield on the Chiltern Way. The sign outside the church said something like:

” Since the local pub has closed and there are no refreshments in the village please come into the church where there are drinks and snacks and somewhere to sit out of the wind and rain”. 

Inside the church was a kettle, milk in a fridge and a box of homemade cakes. In the corner of the churchyard there was even a portable toilet. I never came across another one quite like that. 

Sometimes I would visit several churches on a days walk. Sometimes all the ones I passed would be locked. 

Once I joined the recognised pilgrimage route in France at Le Puy I started lighting a candle in one church every day if I could. It is a long standing practice to light what are called votive candles in the Catholic tradition. All the churches in France and Spain are catholic. In England they were Anglican. 

Wikipedia explains it:

Candles are lit for prayer intentions. To “light a candle for someone” indicates one’s intention to say a prayer for another person, and the candle symbolizes that prayer
When I reached Spain I found that the candles were electronic!

Each time I lit a candle I took a photo. The pictures are all here:

Candles pics
You may have to click on a picture to see all of it as the web page may be cropping he photos.