June is festival time in St. Albans.

In this ancient city in the south of England, giant puppets dramatize the final journey of third century Alban, paying tribute to Britain's first Christian martyr and saint.

Hundreds come to join in the pilgrimage, celebrated annually around June 22, the day of Alban’s martyrdom some 1700 years ago when this city belonged to the Romans and was known as Verulamium.

This year special guests include Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, invited to preach at the noon Eucharist in the Cathedral and Abbey of St. Alban.