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The Shrine Administrator, Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS, writes: When the Archbishop of Canterbury visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham two years ago to share in the life and vitality of our annual Youth Pilgrimage he spoke of this place as “one of the most important religious centres in Northern Europe”, and “important for the Church of England”. Each year thousands of people, young and old, from all over the United Kingdom and from other parts of the world make their way to this ‘little’ village of Walsingham. Why do they come? I often find myself wondering that, and perhaps the answer is as varied as the numbers who come. But in any case, shrines don't ask too many questions. We simply open the doors in the name of the Lord, live the daily round of prayer and worship, offer the ministries of healing, tell people who will listen the meaning of this place, and invite them to experience the rebuilt Holy House and to receive the water from the Saxon holy well. ... read more

 

Latest News

Administrator to return to his roots Down Under . . .

It was announced today (April 12th) that Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS, the Shrine Administrator, is to take up a post in the Diocese of Melbourne, Australia, in September 2015. He is to be incumbent of Christ Church, Brunswick - an inner city parish in Melbourne - with particular responsibility for the many Anglican schools and colleges within the diocese. To read the full announcement (on the Latest News page) click here.

 

Priests & Deacons Retreat - February 2016

Go to Latest News for preliminary information. Booking open.

Late Availability - weekends in 2015

Accommodation for individuals and small groups is still available on some weekends in April - July 2015. Click here to see details.

Year 4 God Team Visit South Africa

Read an account of the Year 4 God team's experiences and impression of South Africa. Go to What's New.

The Preacher at the 2015 National Pilgrimage (Monday 25th May) will be The Very Revd John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey

For information and news about what's happening at the Shrine -   go to LATEST NEWS

  


THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM

 

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

The Anglican (Church of England) Shrine occupies an island site in the village of Little Walsingham, five miles from the north Norfolk coast. Close to the ruins of the original medieval Priory (destroyed in 1538), the present-day Shrine was gradually created from 1931 from derelict farm buildings and cottages with a brand new Shrine Church in the south-east corner of the site. Within the Shrine Church is the "Holy House" a 'recreation' of the house in Nazareth where Mary received the news from the angel Gabriel that she was to be the mother of Our Lord, Jesus. Within the Holy House, above the altar, is the niche where the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham sits surrounded by candles and votive lights (see picture below). The  statue of Our Lady of Walsingham is much-loved. It is important to understand that the statue is simply a focus for devotion - a visual aid - and not something to be worshipped in itself. Down through the years Christians have sought the prayers of Mary to support them in their pilgrimage through life. At times in the history of the church there has been controversy about devotion to Mary but in these ecumenical days there are few who would deny a right respect and love to the Mother of Jesus.

Pilgrims have made the journey to Walsingham from all over Britain - and the world - since the 11th century, not long after the Lady Richeldis had her vision of Our Lady in 1061. However, Henry VIII ordered the Shrine to be destroyed in 1538 as part of the English Reformation and it was not until 1922 that the then Vicar of Walsingham decided to undertake the restoration of the Shrine. You can find out more about the history of the Shrine at The Story So Far.

Today the Shrine complex welcomes over 10,000 residential pilgrims each year (nearly 200 pilgrims can be accommodated at any one time.) Meals are provided round the clock in the Pilgrim Refectory and the Norton Café Bar. In addition, a further 300,000 visitors come to Walsingham each year. A new Visitor Centre is currently under construction to help them enjoy their visit. There is also a Shrine Shop in the centre of the village and offices for the Membership, Accommodation and Education departments.

For many people their first visit to Walsingham is centred around the National Pilgrimage which takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday each year. This is a wonderful outdoor event with the famous procession of Our Lady from the ruined priory grounds, through the village to the Shrine.

But at the heart of the Shrine lies the Church and Holy House. Here pilgrims and visitors join in the daily worship or say their prayers asking for Our Lady's help. The daily  service of Sprinkling at the Well (Easter to October; weekends during winter) is attended by thousands throughout the year. Water from the ancient well within the Shrine Church is used to sign a cross on the forehead, given as a drink and poured over outstretched hands as a sign of God's healing. Without interruption since 1931, Shrine Prayers - a short service during which pilgrims intercession requests are read out - has taken place in the church.  Many pilgrims and visitors are content simply to say their own prayers; many like to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Shrine gardens. For Walsingham is Holy Ground.

You can find out much more about all these aspects of the Shrine's work by exploring this website.

 

Shrine Shop

now offers ONLINE SHOPPING!
Our Shrine Shop is an integral part of the Shrine, focusing on the needs of the pilgrims. Browse through our range of Ceramics, Books, Jewellery, Cards, Silverware and much more - and then SHOP ONLINE

Goods are available online or by mail order as well as by personal visit to the shop, see Shrine Shop

FOR THE FUTURE -

Donations, Gifts and Legacies

For information about any of the above please go to The Future - How You Can Help Us/ Gifts/Legacies. The Shrine Development Office can give advice on suitable donations and gifts and the simple procedures involved in leaving a legacy.

 

Contact: The Development Office,
The Milner Wing, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP;
or email: dev@olw-shrine.org.uk

What is it? Pictured above? No it's not an invasion of aliens - all is revealed at The Future - Gifts.

 


Download Welcome Music - Salve Regina (MP3: right-click here, Save Target As...)

Statue of Mary and Jesus

Dates for the Diary

See Forthcoming Events for more details of services.


ASCENSION DAY

Thursday 14th May

11.00 am Concelebrated Mass


THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE

Sunday 24th May

6.00 pm Evensong & Benediction; music by the Chamber Choir of Hurstpierpoint College

Monday 25th May

12 noon Concelebrated Mass (Abbey Grounds); 2.30 pm Sermon, Procession & Benediction; Preacher: The Very Revd John Hall - Dean of Westminster


CORPUS CHRISTI

Thursday 4th June

11.00 am Concelebrated Mass


THE WALSINGHAM YOUTH PILGRIMAGE

Monday 27th - Friday 31st July

For details contact the Youth Missioner


ASSUMPTIONTIDE

Saturday 15th August

12 noon - Con-celebrated Mass; 3 pm - Assumptiontide Lecture in S. Mary's Church; 5.30 pm Evensong & Benediction; 8.15 pm Ecumenical Torchlight Procession - beginning at S. Mary's Church



At last! You can pay your membership subscriptions on-line - members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham & Priests Associate can now pay their annual subs with a credit or debit card, no matter where they are in the world.
Go to Membership Keeping In Touch.


 
   

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