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Hajj Pilgrimage

The Hajj pilgrimage flights for 2024 have recently started at MAN and we will see many Hajj pilgrims in their distinctive white Ihrams (Hajj uniform) preparing for their journey to Mecca (Saudi Arabia). The Hajj pilgrimage is an important time for Muslims, every Muslim is expected to make this pilgrimage at least once in their lives (except for medical or economic reasons) and they travel to Mecca to visit the Kaaba (“House of Allah”).

Those of us who work at the airport can help smooth the journeys for pilgrims in a number of ways. Men undertaking the Hajj are required to change into their Ihram (two seamless white cloths) before boarding a direct flight to Jeddah. This is a sign that they are in a state of holiness and it is important that this is respected – for example if a sniffer dog touches the Ihram or if anything considered impure is spilt on it then it would need to be changed (the Chaplaincy does keep a few spares for emergencies). There are currently two Ihram changing areas airside in T2, one by Boots and the other by Gate A8 and pilgrims should be directed there to change rather than in the prayer room.

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D-DAY 80th Anniversary

On June 6th we will be remembering all those who took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944. This will also be an opportunity to re-dedicate our recently re-planted Memorial Garden.

Please join us for our Memorial Service at 14.00

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Monthly Eucharist

The next lunchtime Eucharist at the Airport takes place on Wednesday 5th June, 12.30-12:55. The service will be held in the TI Landside Prayer Room (located near Check in Area B). A priest of the Church of England will preside and preach but all are welcome to participate.

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Celebrating the Easter Season (Ascension)

Ascension Day is on Thursday May 9, 2024 (in the Western Church – the Eastern (Orthodox) churches’ calendar will mark this the Ascension on Thursday June 13) The Chaplaincy, Manchester Airport will mark the day with a short simple lunchtime service of Holy Communion at 12.30 in the Terminal 1 Prayer Room (at Ground level Check In (before security) – at the rear of Terminal 1 Arrivals) The service is open to all, and everyone is welcome; the service will be led by an airport chaplain from the Church of England (Anglican / Episcopal) or Free Church traditions.

Following the biblical account (in the first chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles) that the risen Jesus appeared for 40 days prior to his Ascension, Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief of the physical (bodily) ascension of Jesus into Heaven forty days after Easter (the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead). It is one of the ecumenical festivals of Christian churches (i.e. it is shared by many Christian denominations).

William Temple, a former Archbishop of Canterbury said: “The ascension of Christ is his liberation from all restrictions of time and space. It does not represent his removal from the earth, but his constant presence everywhere on earth.”

Click here for a short reflection from York Minster on the Ascension of Jesus.