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Walsingham relaunches Novena to mobilise prayer

A Novena prayer booklet, in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham, which marks the start of a national mobilisation of prayer for the Church and for the nations ofEngland (Mary’s Dowry) and Wales, has been republished by the National Catholic Shrine in Walsingham.

The nine-day prayer guide has been updated by Shrine Rector Mgr John Armitage and others and the hope is that through it, the emergence of a truly nationally-led Novena will happen across the dioceses of England and Wales.

"It is hoped that through this Novena every part of the Church in England and Wales will deeply embrace Our Lady of Walsingham as the powerful intercessor for these lands," said Mgr Armitage. "The Novena will also prepare the way for the great moment for us in England to re-own with true zeal, love and awe, the great spiritual heritage which is ours of being the Dowry of Mary."

"This Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham is the beginning of a National Novena of Prayer for our country which will help us prepare spiritually for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation," said Mgr Armitage.

It may be prayed at any time, but especially in preparation for, and celebration of, the Feast of Our Lady Of Walsingham on September 24 (so starting on Sept 15), before a pilgrimage to Walsingham, and to prepare for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Novena booklet

For more information, please contact Walsingham Outreach Co-ordinator Antonia Moffat