From Thursday 4th to Sunday7th April 2019, the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham visited St John's Cathedral as part of the Dowry of Mary Tour around all the Catholic Cathedrals in England in preparation for the Re-dedication of England as Mary's Dowry in 2020.
We give thanks for the many graces received from the visit during which a packed programme of talks on the Dowry of Mary, Marian devotions and, of course, celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass took place.
The image arrived on Thursday when Fr PJ Smith, Cathedral Dean, celebrated Mass and crowned the image. On Friday, Fr John Maunder from St Agatha's Landport, just down the road from the Cathedral celebrated the lunchtime Mass in the Cathedral which was offered in the distinctive Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite; the first time this form has been offered in the Cathedral. Then in the evening, I celebrated a Votive Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham which concluded with the Act of Consecration to Our Lady. On Saturday, we welcomed Dom Cuthbert Brogan OSB, Abbot of Farnborough to celebrate the lunchtime Mass.
Thursday 4th April 2019
Opening Holy Mass with Procession & Crowning of Our Lady of Walsingham – Celebrant: Dean of St. John’s, Father PJ Smith
Talk on the Dowry of Mary by Mgr John Armitage
Sung Litany of the English Saints and Martyrs & Ave Regina Caelorum
Holy Mass of the Ad Gentes Neocatechumenal Way to be celebrated by Fr Vittorio Scomparini