The first dedication was made by King Richard II in Westminster Abbey on 13 June 1381 — the feast of Corpus Christi — as he sought the protection of Our Lady in the face of great political turmoil. At this point, England received the title Mary’s Dowry; meaning that England was “set aside” as a gift, a dowry, for Our Lady under her guidance and protection.

Re-Dedication 2020

On Sunday 29 March, The Re-dedication will take place throughout our country. As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady for her guidance, so we, too, seek Mary’s protection and prayers, giving ourselves through this act of dedication. We respond to this invitation on the day of The Re-dedication, in two ways:

  • A Personal Promise

    By praying The Angelus Promise, a prayer in which we say “yes” in union with Our Lady through the words of the Annunciation.

  • A Communal Entrustment

    As the people, we will, once again, renew the vows of dedication made to Mary by King Richard II, praying together the Act of Entrustment.

There are other events too:

Friday 21 February: 33 days to Morning Glory

All are invited to begin a personal 33–day consecration to Jesus through Mary following the method of St Louis de Montfort, and updated by Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC.

You can visit Behold2020.com for information on how to participate and receive the 33-Days to Morning Glory prayers; St Louis de Montfort’s original is available at Quies, by the Carthusians.

Wednesday 18 March: Our Lady in Parliament

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will go to Parliament for Mass and the Rosary in The Chapel of Our Lady Undercroft.

Whilst this is a private occasion for Members of Parliament, the whole country is invited to pray for the gift of wisdom for the law-makers of the UK in their work at this particular moment in or country’s history.

Wednesday 25 March: The Solemnity of the Annunciation

This is the day when the Message of Our Lady at Walsingham is celebrated.

‘Take the measurements of this house and erect another one like it in Walsingham, dedicated to praising and honouring me. All who come there shall find help in their need.
‘It shall be a perpetual memorial to the great joy of the Annunciation, ground and origin of all my joys and the root of humanity’s gracious Redemption.’ (Pynson Ballad)

All who have followed the 33 Days Retreat will make their consecration this day to Jesus through Mary.

In Eastbourne, Mass and Rosary will be celebrated at Our Lady of Ransom Church at noon. From 6pm to 9pm there will be an “Evening With Mary”, in OLR’s exquisite Lady Chapel, including Mass at 7pm in the Extraordinary Form. This evening will involve a public act of consecration of the parish to Mary, hymns, and Marian devotions.

Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 March: Triduum of Prayer

This will be three days of prayerful preparation focused on Eucharistic adoration. We will ponder and treasure the words of Mary, asking for her intercession for the intentions of the Church, and the world.

Sunday 29 March: Re-dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry

This Re-dedication is both a personal promise of the people of our country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381. On this day we accept God’s gift of His Mother, the cause of our joy, as she leads us to Christ through her example as the First Disciple, and invites us to “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5).

The Re-dedication will take place on March 29th, 2020. It will be fulfilled by a communal act of prayer across the country through the The Angelus Promise and The Act of Entrustment.

The Re-dedication may be celebrated at Mass, or another liturgy in Church, or wherever you may be on that day. Plans are still being made about what happens in Eastbourne and the Ordinariate congregation. A Plenary Indulgence will be granted by the Bishop of East Anglia for all who make The Re-dedication, subject to the normal conditions.

The Dowry PaintingMass will be celebrated at the Catholic National Shrine followed by a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham and the new Dowry Painting, to the site of the original Holy House in the Priory Grounds at Walsingham, where The Re-dedication will take place. We shall be joined there by our Anglican brothers and sisters who will process from the Anglican Shrine to meet us in the Priory Grounds. The Dowry Painting, by Amanda de Pulford, will be present in Walsingham on March 29, after its Papal blessing.

The Dowry Painting

This painting will be blessed by Pope Francis on 12 February 2020 in Rome before returning home to Walsingham for The Re-dedication of England as Our Lady’s Dowry.

After The Re-dedication, The Dowry Painting will begin a journey to every Catholic parish in the country, never to return to Walsingham.

The Universe Group have agreed to print copies of the painting and send them to every parish in the country.

This article will be updated from time to time, and events will appear in the website calendar as they are finalised.