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The Angelus

Rededication of England as the ‘Dowry of Mary’ Sunday, 29 March, 2020 

This is an event of National importance for the Catholic Church in England.  In advance of this date Monsignor John Armitage and the team from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, are visiting each of the Catholic Cathedrals in England with the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham. 

Monsignor Armitage has asked people to prepare spiritually for the rededication by praying the Angelus every day after parish Masses – you may, of course, pray the Angelus at other times if you wish. The traditional times for the Angelus are 6am (or when you get out of bed), 12 noon and 6pm. It is a most suitable prayer to prepare us spiritually for the rededication, recalling, as it does, ‘some essential moments in the History of Salvation, reminding us of Mary’s ‘yes’ to the Angel Gabriel, which undid Eve’s ‘no’ in the Garden of Eden.’ We profess our faith in ‘The Word, who was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us,’ and in his Death and Resurrection, the eternal destiny to which each of us is called in Christ.  

?. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,
?. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary…
?. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.
?. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary…
?. And the Word was made flesh.
?. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary…
?. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
?. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O LORD, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Crossbe brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.