Re-watch the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary Mass

Participants of the Rededication on the 29th March 2020

Source: Official Rededication Facebook Page


What is the Rededication?

This Rededication on March 29th is a both a personal promise of the people of our country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381.

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The Dedication in 1381

The first dedication was made by King Richard II in Westminster Abbey as he sought the protection of Our Lady in the face of great political turmoil. At this point, England received the title ‘Mary’s Dowry’; meaning that England was ‘set aside’ as a gift, a dowry, for Our Lady under her guidance and protection.

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The Rededication in 2020

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.  We respond to this invitation on the day of Rededication in two ways; by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment.

Listen to Bishop Alan Hopes, speaking about the Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry


A Personal Promise

Our personal promise brings us closer to Mary, the first disciple of Christ. In this we unite in her joy by following her openness to God’s call.  The Angelus Promise is the prayer of this personal promise.  In it we proclaim our own “Yes” in union with Mary through the words of the Annunciation.

Download the Angelus Promise


A Communal Entrustment

The Act of Entrustment of England to The Virgin Mary is a prayer of a profoundly historic and spiritual nature, bringing together the prayers of surrender and dedication that have echoed through our history.

Download the Act of Entrustment


Saturday 28th March 2020: The Joyful Mysteries at 7pm

In preparation for the #RededicationAtHome this Sunday, you are invited to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at 7pm on Saturday night. Please share this information with your friends and family so that we can unite England in prayer, powerfully entering into the day of the Rededication together.


29th March 2020:  Rededication Day

We are inviting 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.  Download the Angelus Promise and Act of Entrustment and then join the livestream at


30th March 2020:  Novena in thanksgiving for the Rededication

You are invited to join the Rector and the Shrine Team in praying the Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham starting Monday 30th March 2020 in thanksgiving for the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary and for the Lord’s protection for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

You can pray the Novena with us:

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Useful Links

An Introduction to the Rededication
Novena after the Rededication
Encouragement from Our Bishops
Commissioning of the Dowry Painting

Who is Mary
Mary’s Yes
Briefing Paper (drafted before coronavirus restrictions)
In the Press