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.
Support & Encouragement from our Bishops
"We are Mary’s Dowry! Please enrich that Dowry by offering to her the best that you can give. She will stretch her protective mantle over our land and over all who live here. May God bless you all...”
His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols ( Archdiocese of Westminster )
“The revival of devotion to Our Lady in her ancient shrine of Walsingham after its destruction and centuries of neglect reminds us that, whatever dark times come, God remains faithful and Our Lady and the saints continue to intercede for us...”
Rt Rev Keith Newton ( Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham )
"Now as an expression of our love for Mary and trust in her motherly protection we make a personal promise and as a people we re-dedicate England as the Dowry of Mary. Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us...”
Bishop Ralph Heskett ( Diocese of Hallam )
"Through the intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham, may the Lord Jesus Christ protect England, her Dowry, and come to the help of its people, especially the sick and those who are suffering, in their time of need...”
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.
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.
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.
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 www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream.
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.