On Sunday 29th March 2020, the Re-dedication will take place throughout the country. It is a prayer that can take place anywhere and indeed anytime. We invite you to take part in the Rededication wherever you are. It will be led by our Bishops and priests across the country through the internet. Check your Diocesan and parish websites for timings so that you can be united with our Bishops and priests in prayer at this time.
At the Shrine, the Rector will briefly introduce the Rededication at 11.45am and invite people to a short time of prayer. The Rededication itself will take place at noon, at the beginning of the Pilgrim Mass which will be livestreamed. The prayers are available for download on the Shrine Website and the Official Rededication Website, www.behold2020.com. The Behold site contains a wide range of prayers and videos giving the background and meaning of the Dowry. Other videos are available at EWTN GB’s Website.
The Rededication is a timely moment. In the midst of much current turmoil and fear – when so many are “greatly troubled” or afraid – we once again turn to the one that God called Mother, seeking her guidance and protection. As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady, so we are invited to give ourselves, as the people of this country, to Mary. Our entrustment unites us together in prayer as we renew the vows of dedication made to Mary by our ancestors. Our personal promise brings us closer to Mary, the first disciple of Christ. Let us follow her example by imitating her openness to God’s call. When we open ourselves to God’s Spirit, we find that all things are possible for God. At the Annunciation Gabriel’s message to Mary included the words ‘Do not be afraid’. These words gave Mary the confidence to say, “Let it be done to me according to your Word.” This brought Joy to Mary, and she wishes to share it with us!
In light of the current restrictions, the preparatory Triduum of Prayer for the Rededication has had to be amended. There will be no public Acts of Worship at the Shrine. We ask that pilgrims stay in their local area for private prayer and do not travel to Walsingham in order to avoid the risk of spreading the virus. However, we invite you to join us online for prayers and devotions through the Shrine’s 24/7 Livestream.