This week, on 21st February (Friday) we start our preparation for The Re-dedication on March 29th which will be both – a personal promise of the people of our country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381. On Sunday 29th March at 12noon, The Re-dedication will take place throughout the country.
THE RE-DEDICATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR PARISH of St Swithun’s and Our Lady of Lourdes AS WELL
This Re-dedication on March 29th is a both a personal promise of the people of our country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381.
THE DEDICATION IN 1381
The first dedication was made by King Richard II in Westminster Abbey as he sought the protection of Our Lady in the face of great political turmoil. At this point, England received the title ‘Mary’s Dowry’; meaning that England was ‘set aside’ as a gift, a dowry, for Our Lady under her guidance and protection.
THE RE-DEDICATION IN 2020
On Sunday 29th March at 12noon, The Re-dedication will take place throughout the country.
As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady, so we are invited to give ourselves, as the people of this country, to Mary.
We respond to this invitation on the day of Re-dedication in two ways; by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment.
Our personal promise brings us closer to Mary, the first disciple of Christ. In this we unite in her joy by following her openness to God’s call.
Our communal entrustment unites us together as the people of our country in prayer, by renewing the vows of dedication made to Mary by our ancestors.
A PERSONAL PROMISE
The Angelus Promise is a prayer of commitment in which we proclaim our own “Yes” in union with Mary through the words of the Annunciation.
Download The Angelus Promise
A COMMUNAL ENTRUSTMENT
The Act of Entrustment of England to The Virgin Mary is a prayer of profoundly historic and spiritual nature. Bringing together the prayers of surrender and dedication that have echoed through our history.
Download The Act Of Entrustment
JOIN IN THE RE-DEDICATION
We’re inviting you to take part in The Re-dedication in 2020, where ever you are.