THE ANGELUS PROMISE
A new spiritual exercise based on the Angelus to help us prepare for the
re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.
R: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
V: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
As God once chose Mary to become the Mother of His Son through the
message of an angel, so He chooses me this day, and invites me through
the ministry of the Church or the example of another, to seek and do
His Will at this moment in my life.
Hail Mary full of grace…..
R: Behold the handmaid of the Lord
V: Be it done unto me according to thy Word
Mary’s response to her invitation, “let it be done to me according to
your Word”, opened her heart to God’s grace and all things became
possible. Let my “yes” today take away fear, as I embrace God’s Will,
and like Mary “ponder these things in my heart”.
Hail Mary full of grace…..
R: And the Word became flesh (bow or genuflect)
V: And dwelt amongst us
At a moment in history, Mary’s faithfilled “yes” conceived Him, first
in her heart, which then led to the birth of our Saviour. Through
accepting Him in my heart, enable me to recognise my role in bringing
Christ to my sisters and brothers today.
Hail Mary full of grace…..
R: Pray for us O most holy Mother of God
V: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
Let us pray: O Holy Mother of God, pray for us, and assist us as we
dedicate ourselves this day. Your “yes” at the Annunciation brought
our Saviour Jesus into the world, and you invite us to contemplate the
great mystery of the Incarnation, sharing your joy in announcing that
“the Word was made flesh and lived among us”. May our “yes”, this day,
open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry,
that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks
among us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FOR ENGLAND
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and our most gentle Queen and
Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry, and upon us all
who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour
and our hope, was given unto the world; and he has given thee to us that
we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst
receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother, intercede
for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be
united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear
Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see
and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE ANNUNCIATION
Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have revealed the
beauty of your power by exalting the lowly virgin of Nazareth and
making her the mother of our Saviour. May the prayers of this woman
bring Jesus to the waiting world and fill the void of incompletion with
the presence of her child who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER TO MARY, MOTHER OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Our Lady, who did ask for the Holy House to be built here in England,
lead us to contemplate the hidden life of the Holy Family in Nazareth
and to listen to the voice of God in the stillness of our hearts. May we
find sanctuary in your maternal care and comfort in your prayers.
Guide us on this pilgrimage on earth, that, by imitating your joyful
welcome of the Divine Will, we too may one day dwell with the
Blessed Trinity for ever. Amen.
THE LITANY OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray to the Lord for us
Mary conceived without sin, pray to the Lord for us
Mary the Virgin, pray to the Lord for us
Mary, the Mother of God, pray to the Lord for us
Mary taken up into heaven, pray to the Lord for us
Mary at Bethlehem, pray for all mothers
Mary at Nazareth, pray for all families
Mary at Cana, pray for all married couples
Mary who stood by the Cross, pray for all who suffer
Mary in the Upper Room, pray for all who wait
Mary model of womanhood, pray for all women
Woman of Faith, keep us in mind
Woman of Hope, keep us in mind
Woman of Charity, keep us in mind
Woman of Suffering, keep us in mind
Woman of Anxiety, keep us in mind
Woman of Humility, keep us in mind
Woman of Poverty, keep us in mind
Woman of Purity, keep us in mind
Woman of Obedience, keep us in mind
Woman who wondered, remember us to God
Woman who listened, remember us to God
Woman who followed Him, remember us to God
Woman who longed for Him, remember us to God
Woman who loves Him, remember us to God
Mother of God, be our Mother always
Mother of Men, be our Mother always
Mother of the Church, be our Mother always
Mother of the World, be our Mother always
Mother we need, be our Mother always
Mother who went on believing, we thank God for you
Mother who never lost hope, we thank God for you
All holy and ever-living God, in giving us Jesus Christ to be our
Saviour and Brother, you gave us Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother
also; grant us, we pray you, that we may be worthy of so great a Brother
and so dear a Mother. May we come at last to you the Father of us all
through Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
15TH CENTURY PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
O gracious Lady, glory of Jerusalem, Cypress of Sion and Joy of Israel,
Rose of Jericho and Star of Bethlehem, O gracious Lady, our asking
do not repel, in mercy all women ever thou dost excel. Therefore,
Blessed Lady, grant then thy great grace, to all that thee devoutly visit
in this place. Amen.
PRAYER TO MARY, OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your Divine son, dying
on the cross, confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother, we
desire ever to remain your devout children. Let us therefore feel the
effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. Make your name
again glorious in this place once renowned throughout our land by
your visits, favours and many miracles. Pray, O holy Mother of God for
the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the
afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. O Blessed Mary,
Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us. Amen.
PRAYER TO MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY
O Mary, Mother of mercy, and handmaid of the Lord, in your
humility your spirit rejoices in God. The Almighty has done great
things for you, showing his mercy from age to age.
To you, Lord Jesus, anointed by the Holy Spirit, we commend those for
whom your Mother has a special care and love; all who are hungry and
poor, oppressed and in need, unwanted children, born and unborn.
Raise up your arm in strength to help them, and through the prayers
of Mary, your Mother, protect those who cry out in anguish and tears.
Father, in your mercy, remember your promise of old, so that justice
and peace may flourish, and your Kingdom may come, on earth as it is
in Heaven. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF ERASMUS AFTER A PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin
most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we
salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings.
May thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by
the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord
Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen.
THE VOW OF ERASMUS
Hail, Jesus’ Mother blessed evermore. Alone of women, God bearing
and virgin. Others may offer to thee various gifts, this man gold, that
man again his silver. A third adorns your shrine with precious stones.
But this poor soul brings his heart and asks in return this most
humble gift, that greatest blessing, piety of hearts and the forgiveness
of his sins.
SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM
We fly to thy protection, Most Holy Mother of God. Despise not our
poor petitions, but in our necessities, deliver us from all dangers, O
Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER
O God, our Father, through the Holy Spirit you prepared the body
and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, to be a fit dwelling
place for your Son. As we recall with joy her appearing here at
Walsingham, grant that through her motherly intercession we may be
preserved from evil and given health of soul and body. This we ask
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT (CARDINAL MERCIER)
Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you; enlighten, guide, strengthen
and console me; tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I
promise to be submissive in everything that you ask of me and to accept
all that you permit to happen to me, only show me what is your will.
PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH
Blessed St Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family and great protector of
the Universal Church, come to our aid and intercede on our behalf as
we pray. St Joseph, by your example of fatherly love and of faithful
chastity, obtain for us the graces of faith, repentance, love and
reconciliation in the Church, our marriages, families, and in all the
nations of the world. Blessed St Joseph, obtain for us the grace we
need to lead a holy life modelled on your holy family in Nazareth. We
ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER INVOKING ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Holy Michael, The Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our
safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God
rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly
host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell, Satan and all wicked
spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
PRAYER OF ST GERTRUDE THE GREAT
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine
Son, Jesus, in union with all the Holy Masses said throughout the
world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners
everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own
home and within my family. Amen.
PRAYER INVOKING THE INTERCESSION OF THE MARTYRS OF ENGLAND AND
Grant, O God, through the prayers of the Forty Martyrs of England
and Wales, who died to defend the unity of thy Church, that we also
may be faithful to the point of death; help us, through their
intercession, by the example of our lives to draw all people to thee,
that there may be one fold and one shepherd: through Christ our