The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom in partnership with the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham announces a two year ‘Dowry Tour’, which will see the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham leaving her hallowed seat in the Slipper Chapel visiting the Cathedrals of England.
This tour is part of the spiritual preparation for England’s re-dedication as the Dowry of Mary around the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2020. Both the Tour and the rededication have the support of the Bishops. This is a call to a spiritual renewal to support the New Evangelisation in our Country.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols says “This is a moment of great promise …. for the Church in this country and for our mission”
The Joys of Mary
The Annunciation of the Lord, which is at the heart of Our Lady’s message at Walsingham, celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord. Her response “Be it done unto me according to thy word” invites us to participate in her first joy, “that the Word became flesh and lived among us”
It is the joy of the Annunciation that sets the tone for this pilgrimage, as we are invited to rediscover what the ancient title of England as ‘Dos Mariae’, Mary’s Dowry means for us today and for future generations to come. Devotion to the Joys of Mary was strong in medieval England and is expressed in the Christmas song the Joys of Mary.
OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM TO VISIT ALL ENGLISH CATHEDRALS IN PREPARATION FOR THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS THE DOWRY OF MARY IN 2020
Date: 8th April 2018 @ 14:00