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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 last year 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

Shrine Church closed during January 2015

The Shrine Church will be closed for all of January so that new lighting can be installed. Click here for further information.

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

The Ordination of Women to the Episcopal Ministry

A Statement from the Master of the Guardians and the Directors of The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Go to Latest News

Baroness Eaton elected as a new Lay Guardian - see Latest News

NEW SEATING has been installed in the Shrine Church; for details and a chance to contribute see The Future/The Appeal. Further information at What's New - Are You Sitting Comfortably?

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.

 

 

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Dates for the Diary

See Forthcoming Events for more details of services.


At Home With Mary THE WALSINGHAM FAMILIES' PILGRIMAGE
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th November


ADOREMUS
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd November

Young Adults (18-30) Pilgrimage


THE ADVENT RETREAT
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th December


THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Monday 8th December

11.00 am Concelebrated Mass


CHRISTMAS EVE
Wednesday 24th December

4.30 pm Informal Service & Blessing of Crib; 8.30 pm First Mass of Christmas (Shrine Church); 11.30 pm Midnight Mass (S. Mary's Parish Church)


CHRISTMAS DAY
Thursday 25th December

8.00 am Mass of the Dawn; 4.00 pm Shrine Prayers


SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Thursday 1st January

11.00 am Concelebrated Mass


SHRINE CHURCH CLOSED
for the month of January

See Latest News


THE EPIPHANY
Monday 5th January

5.30 pm First Vespers & Benediction (Guild of All Souls Chapel) - followed by drinks reception

Tuesday 6th January

11.00 am Concelebrated Mass (S. Mary's Parish 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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