Novena in Honour of Our Lady of Walsingham
FEAST DAY: 24TH SEPTEMBER
This Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham is the beginning of a National Novena of Prayer for our country which will help us prepare spiritually for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
It may be prayed at any time, but especially in preparation for and celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham on the 24th September, before a pilgrimage to Walsingham, and to prepare for the Feast of the Annunciation.
Our Lady of Walsingham – pray for us!
Mgr John Armitage & the Shrine Team
What a blessing it is to prepare for Our Lady’s Feast by praying a novena
"The contemplation of the great mystery of the Incarnation has drawn all Christian nations to venerate her from whom came the first beginnings of our redemption. But we English, being the servants of her special inheritance and her own dowry, as we are commonly called, ought to surpass others in the fervour of our praises and devotions" Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury 1391
In this Novena we turn to Our Lady of Walsingham, as untier of knots. Many are the sufferings, entanglements and knots which we face as individuals and families, in our parishes, schools, communities, in our Church and as a Nation and World. So many are the problems and knots which need to be untied. It is to Our Lady of Walsingham and through the praying of her Novena that we ask for her powerful intercession.
In England, the great title of The Dowry of Mary reflects the deep devotion of the people of this country to the Mother of God to whom, down the centuries, our peoples have turned in times of war, trial and tribulation.
The Novena presented for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham involves some set Novena prayers with a different intention each day for the needs of our Country and Church. The Novena starts on 15th September and finishes on 23rd September. The Novena may also be said at any time of the year for special intentions.
Walsingham for centuries has been the cradle of Marian Devotion in England. Praying to the Mother of God is an integral part of our Catholic Faith. It is one of the first ways we learn to pray as children. We turn to Mary, the Mother of Jesus for we are all her sons and daughters. Jesus’s last action on earth, in his dying breath, was to entrust all people, into his Mother’s Maternal care, when he said “Mother this is your son, son this is your Mother” (John 19:26-27). We pray to Mary asking for her Maternal Intercession and her loving, motherly and protective gaze upon us. It is as natural as breathing that we turn to our Heavenly Mother in times of need, crisis, tears and temptation. Jesus always hears his Mother’s pleas on our behalf.
Our Lady, when she appeared to Richeldis in Walsingham in 1061 asked that a replica of the Holy House of the Annunciation, the very first of her joys, be built as an everlasting memorial to the great moment when the Angel Gabriel brought the glad tidings that she would be the Mother of God’s Son. Our Lady also promised “that all who would seek me there in that little house” would be consoled and help given.
So, let us ask and place our trust in her powerful intercession to her Son. Our Blessed Lady of Walsingham knows before we even ask, our needs, our hopes and our desires. Our Lady is waiting to grant you many graces and blessings during this time of Novena and preparation for her Feast.
Let us remember the famous Prophecy of Pope Leo XIII when he signed the rescript for the Restoration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in 1897: "When England goes back to Walsingham, Our Lady will come back to England".
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.