Information about being part of the Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary.
Bishop Egan has written last week in the Catholic Herald:
“…I believe that the re-dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry (even if it has to be done at home because of the coronavirus crisis) is a fantastic opportunity. It reconnects us with our ancient Christian patrimony. It invites us to deepen and renew our faith, once again giving everything to Christ through Mary. And it emboldens us as Catholics to be countercultural people – yet people always full of love for others, dedicated to their service…. Mary is the best-loved member of the Church. She is our sister in Christ. She shows us how to enjoy a passionate personal relationship with HIM.)
Indeed, there is nothing sentimental about this devotion. Never more than today do we need to renew our faith, so that it defines every part of our lives. Never more than today do we need the help of Mary our Mother. Never more than today in these challenging times does our nation need our faith, for today and for the future, for us be able to unite ourselves with the sacrificial love of Jesus more and more.
We had planned to join in this act of faith together, for all who made a genuine commitment to it through perhaps following the “33 Days to Morning Glory” retreat and act of Marian consecration tomorrow 25 March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, and then this week joining the national three days of prayer and preparation, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, leading to an act of re-dedication on Sunday afternoon at St Bernard’s.
Now we have to do things differently:
- If you have been following “33 Days to Morning Glory”. You may wish to make the act of consecration tomorrow, using the “Act of Perfect Contrition” available on this website. Otherwise, this consecration can be made at a later time. Above all, offer this devotion for the needs of those caring for the sick in our hospitals today, especially those from our own parish.
- Use Thursday, Friday and Saturday to make a special preparation for this Sunday. Say a particular rosary, or Litany of Our Lady, or Stations of the Cross. Use the resources from the website behold2020.com
- On Sunday at 12 Noon, Use the prayers “The Angelus Promise” and “Act of Entrustment” printed below. Obviously this personal act of dedication needs to be united to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Again, for now use the “Act of Perfect Contrition”. If possible, unite yourself to the action of the Church online. It is possible there will be a live stream from Westminster Cathedral by then, but today I don’t have details.
- National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham: walsingham.org.uk Bishop Hopes will make the Re-dedication at 12 Noon
- Leeds Cathedral: dioceseofleeds.org.uk/cathedral/ Bishop Stock will celebrate Mass online at 11am with the Re-dedication at 12 Noon.
Information from the Walsingham website:
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
T H E A N G E L U S P RO M I S E
The Angelus Promise is a spiritual exercise created to assist you to embrace the message of Our Lady, as expressed in the Angelus. It invites you to “share in the joy of the Annunciation” by following Mary’s openness to God’s call, through her faith-filled “yes”. Through your own faith-filled “yes”, the Lord will work wonders in your life.
R: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
V: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
As God once chose Mary to become the Mother of His Son through the
message of an angel, so He chooses me this day, and invites me through the
ministry of the Church or the example of another, to seek and do His Will at
this moment in my life.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: Behold the handmaid of the Lord
V: Be it be done unto me according to thy Word
Mary’s response to her invitation, “let it be done to me according to your
Word”, opened her heart to God’s grace and all things became possible. Let
my “yes” today take away fear, as I embrace God’s Will, and like Mary “ponder
these things in my heart”.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: And the Word became flesh (Bow or genuflect)
V: And dwelt among us
At a moment in history, Mary’s faith-filled “yes” conceived Him, first in her
heart, which then led to the birth of our Saviour.
Through accepting Him in my heart, enable me to recognise my role in bringing
Christ to my sisters and brothers today.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: Pray for us most holy Mother of God
V: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
Let us pray: O Holy Mother of God, pray for us, and assist us as we dedicate ourselves this day. Your Yes at the Annunciation brought our Saviour Jesus into the world, and you invite us to contemplate the great mystery of the Incarnation, sharing your joy in announcing that “the Word was made flesh and lived among us.” May our yes, this day, open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry, that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks among us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy “Dowry” and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.
We your faithful people assembled here offer you this country in which we live. Once it was yours, all its children were your children and you were honoured throughout England as its Protectress and its Queen. Again do we consecrate it as your Dowry, and entrust it to your maternal care.
By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more.
To you we entrust the Church, which invokes you as Mother. On earth you preceded her in the pilgrimage of faith. Comfort her in her difficulties and trials. Make her always the sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race. To you, Mother of the human family, and of the nations, we confidently entrust the whole of humanity with its hopes and fears. Let it not lack the light of true wisdom. Guide it to seek freedom and justice for all. Direct its steps in the ways of peace. Enable all to meet Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.
Pray, O Holy Mother of God, for the conversion of heart of the people of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the troubled, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. Queen of Peace, pray for us and give to the world the peace for which all peoples are longing, peace in the truth, justice and charity of Christ. Give peace to the nations and to the souls of all, that in peace, the Kingdom of God may prevail.
A C T O F E N T R U S T M E N T O F E N G L A N D
T O O U R L A D Y
Intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son.
May your prayers bring back this country to the fullness of its ancient faith. May your intercession lead us to a closer union with your divine Son. We offer you all the people of this land, especially those who know you so little or not at all. May all in our country know Christ, the light of the world and its only Saviour.
Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home.
May we who follow your Son, be fruitful in the good work of building a culture of life in our world, where all human life is treasured and the gift of God’s creation is respected and cared for, so that all may share the fruits of Gods generous love.
V: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given unto the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.
Let us all be united in prayer and in service of the Lord and each other in these days.
You can download PDF versions of the Angelus Promise and Act of Entrustment