The Portal May 2018 - Page 20

THE P RTAL May 2018 Page 20 Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary Arnold Herron looks ahead to this important event T he Bishops are to re-dedicate England as the Dowry of Mary. This will be about the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2020. It will be a modern-day dedication. Unlike the dedication of King Richard II in 1381, it will not be the gift of the country of England, but the personal gift of the faith of the people of England to the Mother of God. This will be to seek her help in building a strong spiritual foundation for the New Evangelisation. We shall call upon Our Lady to guide and protect our country in the years to come. We shall pray that the people of our country may work together to build a Common Good. This will involve us seeking to embrace the truth of the Gospel. The Gospel inspires us to create a culture that respects life, embraces the great diversity of our people, and inspires all to a greatness The message of Our Lady at Walsingham in 1061 of heart that will serve our community. We will seek asks us to share in her joy of the Annunciation. The the good of others before ourselves, especially the 14th Century Walsingham (Pynson) Ballad reminds poor and the marginalised of our world. us: “Walsingham, ‘in thee is built New Nazareth’  Where shall be held in a memorial  The great joy of my There is a two-year spiritual preparation period. It salutation, You are called in every realm and region  was launched on the Solemnity of the Annunciation The Holy Land, Our Lady’s Dowry. In you is built new this year. Part of the Spiritual preparations will be Nazareth,  A house to the honour of the Queen of Heaven  the Dowry Tour, where the statue of Our Lady of And her most glorious Salutation  When Gabriel said at Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel will visit every Old Nazareth,  Ave, this same joy shall here be daily and Cathedral in England over the next two years. for ever remembered. In order that we may share with Our Lady “The great joy of my salutation”. An exhibition explaining the Dowry of Mary will be on show, along with a programme of prayer and talks. The recitation of the Angelus will be promoted in For details, see the website www.dowrytour.org.uk. homes, parishes, schools and communities, together The first Cathedral visit will be Liverpool 21st – 23rd with the ringing of the Angelus bell three times a day.  June 2018; other dates are published on the website. As members and supporters of the Personal A new prayer based on the Angelus, called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, readers of T he Angelus Promise, will be promoted to assist individuals P ortal will want to take a full part in this important in their preparation for the Re-dedication. It is to help event in the life of the Church and of our nation. people follow the example of Our Lady, in being open T he P ortal will keep you up to date with preparation. to the Word of God, to enable us to seek and do the will of God, as we take to heart her words at Cana, “Do For the present, let us all join in the Angelus at least once a day, and offer it for our nation. whatever he tells you.”