Walsingham has been a place of Christian pilgrimage and prayer for nearly 1,000 years. Down the ages, pilgrims have made their way here to seek the guidance of God and to pray for particular needs.
In the Bible, Jesus showed that we can have a relationship with God, like a child with their father. Prayer is one of the ways in which that relationship can grow and flourish.
At Walsingham, prayers are offered in many different ways to God, and pilgrims ask for the prayers of Mary to help them walk with God in their lives.
Lighting a candle
Candles have been the visible symbols of invisible prayers for centuries. Jesus spoke of himself as the Light of the World and so lighting a candle is a sign of His presence when we pray. Candles are often lit when pilgrims remember a loved one who has died, or who is sick and needs help.
Anyone who visits Walsingham is welcome to light a candle in the Holy House and to say a prayer.
Shrine Prayers are offered in the Holy House every day at 6pm (5pm on Saturday). The traditional Rosary Prayer is used and said together by pilgrims who gather to pray for the Church, for the world, for the sick and all in need and for the departed. Many of the prayers used have been left by those who have visited the Shrine or have been sent in by pilgrims from all over the world.
Shrine Prayers are offered every day in the Holy House (at 6.00 pm everyday except Saturday during the Pilgrimage Season when it is at 5.00 pm). The Rosary is used and offered along with prayers for that day. These have been sent in from pilgrims all over the world. There are also prayers for the bereaved and the dead. Prayers of praise and thanksgiving accompany prayers of intercession each and every day.
Your prayers can be offered at Walsingham. Simply send your request by clicking here. During the coming week you will be remembered at Shrine Prayers.
If you would like to make an offering to support the work of intercession at the Shrine, please follow the instructions below under Make a donation.
If you would like to be a part of the intercessionary work of Shrine Prayers you might like to consider becoming a member of The Living Rosary.
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The Shrine is only able to continue its ministry to thousands of pilgrims and visitors through the generosity of its supporters. All donations over £50 will be acknowledged by post by the Shrine staff.
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Kingdom Come (https://www.thykingdomcome.global) is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost (10-20 May 2018), for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The hope is that:
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;
- churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
There are a number of Prayer Devotions to Our Lady available online which the organisers would like to share:
- daily podcasts for this period, (10-20 May 2018), ‘Journey with Mary’ from The Ascension to Pentecost, a guide to praying with Mary for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit; voiced by Maria Rodrigues. You can freely access them here - https://soundcloud.com/catholicchurch/sets/journey-with-mary
- The text for those devotions can be found here... https://www.thykingdomcome.global/uploads/resources/tkc2018-journey-with-mary-WEB.pdf
- As well as many other resources: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/search/resources?tags=1&theme_id=13
In 2017 the Shrine’s National Pilgrimage to Walsingham was a key event for the Catholic Movement within the Church of England and we provided many prayer resources which are still valuable the year after.