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Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries and I hope that you will enjoy finding out about "England's Nazareth".

A cyber visit is fine - and this website will give you a taste of the flavour of the Anglican Shrine - built to house the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.

There is a short introduction to the life and work of the Shrine on this page (see below.) However, if you wish to know more of the history of the Shrine - beginning with the dramatic vision of the Lady Richeldis nearly a thousand years ago - go to The Story So Far.

Perhaps you would like to find out more about  pilgrimage to Walsingham in the 21st century - then follow the links to and from Why Pilgrimage?

To discover the times of services in the Shrine Church and the Holy House simply click here.

But to come to Walsingham in person, to walk the Holy Mile, to sense the holiness and prayerfulness of the Holy House and the Shrine Church is what Walsingham is really all about. Do come. You will be most welcome. If you've never been to north Norfolk before, the Information section of the site will tell you all you need to know about getting here and what to see and do on arrival.

Walsingham is for everyone - every person, every age, every outlook, every need. Please ask the staff who are always pleased to help. In partnership with them, I wish you a happy and holy pilgrimage and offer you our prayers, as we ask for yours.

The Rt Rev'd Lindsay Urwin OGS
Administrator
of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Latest News

THE ANNUNCIATION - Tuesday 25th March
11.00 am Concelebrated Mass (Please note the time of this Mass was previously displayed as 12 noon.)

The Shrine's Schools Department receives the Sandford Award - given jointly by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. See Latest News.

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 Caf 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.

 

 

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Dates for the Diary

See Forthcoming Events for more details of services.


RICHBOROUGH CHRISM MASS
Wednesday 16th April

12 noon - Mass


GOOD FRIDAY
Friday 18th April

12 noon - Stations of the Cross


Other Holy Week services at S. Mary's Parish Church


EASTER DAY
Sunday 20th April

7.30 am - First Mass of Easter; 4.30 pm Maria Consolata


THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE
Sunday 25th May
6.00 pm - Evensong & Benediction: music by the Chamber Choir of Hurstpierpoint College

Monday 26th May
12 noon - Concelebrated Mass (Abbey Grounds); 2.30 pm - Sermon, Procession & Benediction (Preacher: Mother Mary Luke CHC)


ASCENSION DAY
Thursday 29th May

11.00 am - Concelebrated Mass


CORPUS CHRISTI
Thursday 19th June

11.00 am - Concelebrated Mass


The Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage - TIME LORD? THE LORD OF ALL TIME
Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August

Click here for full details


 


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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