Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24 - Our Lady of Walsingham

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, the patroness of England and of the Catholic Ordinariate of the Anglican Use in England. There is a good history of the medieval shrine and the 20th century Anglican restoration here. There is a short history of the Catholic shrine based at the old Slipper Chapel, here. A portal to the websites of both shrines can be found here.

It's very much worth mentioning that there is now an American shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham in Texas. You can find the website here. It's attached to the Anglican Use parish of Our Lady of Walsingham. (Take a look at their website; it's what Catholic churches ought to look like.)

A collect for Our Lady of Walsingham:

O God, who through the mystery of the Word made flesh didst in thy mercy sanctify the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and wondrously place it in the bosom of thy Church: Grant that being made separate from the tabernacles of sinners, we may become worthy to dwell in thy holy house; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.