A manuscript dating from around 1510 records the Arms of the Augustinian Priory of Walsingham as ‘Argent on a cross sable five lilies slipped argent,’ i.e. a black cross on a white background, with five lilies superimposed on the cross. Given that the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady, at Walsingham, is the modern-day successor of the Priory of Walsingham, it is more than appropriate that the Shrine and Basilica assumes these symbols of the ancient Priory.

Today, the Shrine and Basilica Flag incorporates these symbols. All who serve and support Our Lady’s Shrine at Walsingham, do so under this flag or banner. The constitutive parts of which speak of our service and devotion to this National Marian Shrine of the Incarnation: the black Cross speaks of Our Blessed Lady’s suffering in the darkness of her son’s passion and death, always in the light of His glorious resurrection [the white flag], and with the five lilies representing the five joyful mysteries of the Incarnation in her Rosary.

Both the [white and yellow] Papal Flag and the Shrine Flag, now proudly fly at the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady, at Walsingham.