Six hundred years ago King Richard II placed England under the protection of Mary. Ever since England has been known as Mary’s Dowry.
In his homily, Bishop Alan said: “Today is the first anniversary when our bishops once again placed England under the protection of Mary and her prayers as each of us, in our cathedrals last year, made an act of solemn renewal and rededication of our country to Mary. We give thanks for that solemn moment and renew that dedication as we celebrate today.”
The Mass took place on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Pictured above is Bishop Alan Hopes at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.