Sunday, 20 March 2011

Walsingham 1061 - 2011

This year marks the 950th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham - England’s National Shrine of Our Lady.

To mark the start of the celebrations there is to be a mass, celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 26th March at 2pm. This will be attended by pilgrims and devotees of Walsingham from all over the country. Following the mass, the official launch of the book WALSINGHAM: PILGRIMS AND PILGRIMAGE, written by Fr Michael Rear and published by ST PAULS, will be held in ST PAULS bookshop.

The book details the history of Walsingham from pre-Christian times to the present day. Illustrated throughout, including 16 pages of black and white and 32 pages of colour pictures, this book is certain to become the definitive history of this small Norfolk village from where pilgrims have honoured Our Lady under her title Our Lady of Walsingham for 950 years. Further details of the book can be seen here.

Fr Rear will be in ST PAULS by Westminster Cathedral bookshop to sign copies of his book on Saturday 26th March from 4.30pm. Further information about Walsingham can be found here and here.