First dedicated to Our Lady by King Richard II in 1381, England will once again be dedicated as the “Dowry of Mary” on Sunday, March 29.

On Sunday 29 March at midday, Catholics and other Christians across England will take part in the “re-dedication” of the country to the Virgin Mary. The re-dedication has been scheduled for years, but the current pandemic is described as “an example of why the Rededication is so important at this moment”.

Originally each English Bishop was to hold a ceremony in his own Cathedral, whilst a Mass was to be said at the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. With the new measures aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 in Britain, Christians will be invited to re-dedicate themselves and their country to the prayers of the Virgin Mary from their own homes.

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