There is good news for England. On March 29, England will be formally rededicated to Mary at Westminster Cathedral in London, at Walsingham, at all the other cathedrals of England, and in many parishes and homes and will once again becomes Mary's Dowry! (God willing)
Nestled in a Norfolk village, was once one of the major places of pilgrimage in the whole of Christendom. During the Middle Ages, the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham ranked alongside Rome, Jerusalem, and Santiago de Compostela. It was the principal shrine to the Blessed Virgin, the place above all others that Christians flocked to pay homage to the Mother of God. English monarchs made pilgrimages there and pilgrims arrived from all over Europe.
In the mid 1500’s, before King Henry VIII led his subjects into apostasy, King Henry VIII was given the title “Defender of the Faith” by Pope Leo X for his treatise Defense of the Seven Sacraments, which he wrote as a rebuke to the Lutheran heresy.
After declaring himself the “Supreme Head of the Church of England” in 1538, Henry VIII, publicly burned the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and the abbeys clustered around it. After three centuries of brutal persecution, Henry’s legacy was the destruction of the Faith itself in England. Only the recusant remnant remained: a few thousand noble souls whose families had passed on the Faith, generation to generation, during these centuries of religious persecution.
Today in England there was something known as the Dowry Tour, in recognition of England’s traditional title as Our Lady’s Dowry. Since the coronavirus, I am not sure how successful this Tour has been but there are articles in Crisis Magazine (links below) that the re-dedication will go forward on March 29th. It was planned that the Queen’s pilgrimage would take place to all four corners of her realm in England. There was a proposed invitation to all Catholics in England to renew their personal consecration to Our Lord and Our Lady. They were planned to do this in their local parishes through communal acts of preparation for consecration to Jesus through Mary, accompanied by pledges to go to regular Confession and to pray the Angelus and Rosary, in communion with the saints and martyrs of England through their invocation. Maybe in more articles to Crisis Magazine in this coming week, will we see how this worked out for England. Now more than ever do we need to do this and I hope they saw and acted on the urgency of the day and did not pass up the opportunity just because of the coronavirus!
On February 21, England’s Catholics began a personal 33-day consecration to Jesus through Mary following the method of St. Louis de Montfort, which concluded on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. Four days later, on March 29, England will be formally rededicated to Mary at Westminster Cathedral in London, at Walsingham, at all the other cathedrals of England, and in many parishes and homes. This ceremony follows the original dedication of England to Our Lady by Richard II in 1381, a high point in English history depicted by the famous Wilton Diptych, one of the masterpieces of late mediaeval art.
Today in the Catholic Church, we are experiencing ecumenism or inter-religious dialogue which as we know is not the same as declaring Christ King and Mary Queen. This ecumenism or inter-religious dialogue will not bring peace. Only the Prince of Peace can give us peace for the social upheaval we experience daily. This fraction in the Church began to show in 1517, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg; they became fatal, perhaps, in 1534, when Henry VIII declared himself “Supreme Head of the Church of England.” We pray that the entire world will look to England and follow course in turning back to their Catholic Faith by this example of rededicating their country to Our Lady for protection and guidance back to Her Son Jesus Christ!!
Let us all pray that this will truly happen on March 29th for England in order to have a true restoration of Catholicism and the protection of Our Lady upon England and therefore a means of grace for the entire world!
Below are some articles to read (or listen to – there is an audio to click into once you reach the Crisis Magazine article.) You are encouraged to read as this is beautiful history and is so needed today as we are already suffering religious persecution with this virus pandemic.
May we pray for this ceremony to happen in England and may we pray that all nations wake up and ask Our Lady for protection and guidance back to Her Son Jesus Christ - Prince of Peace, during these trying times. We pray this restoration begins in England and will be as contagious as this virus is throughout the entire world of Christendom!
(PS - Just a note of thanks to my Dad's sister, dear Aunt Eleanore, who is 91 and active on the computer, for bringing this piece of news to me! God bless her!)
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!