Information on Rededicating England to Our Lady’s Dowry and The Angelus Promise

On 29th March we are to rededicate England to Our Lady’s Dowry.
Rededicating England
In the past, England was given as a gift to Our Lady, a donation reflecting the great love of her people who sought Mary’s prayers and protection. The gift to be given in 2020 will likewise reflect that same love of the Mother of God, but what will be offered will not be the country of England, but the gift of the personal faith of the people of this country as we seek once again the prayers and protection of the Mother of God. In particular, we ask Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation, to assist the Church in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of today by the witness of the Catholic community. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope St Paul VI reflected on the power of witness: ‘Above all the Gospel must be proclaimed by witness. Take a Christian or a handful of Christians who, in the midst of their own community, show their capacity for understanding and acceptance, their sharing of life and destiny with other people, their solidarity with the efforts of all for whatever is noble and good. Let us suppose that, in addition, they radiate in an altogether simple and unaffected way their faith in values that go beyond current values, and their hope in something that is not seen and that one would not dare to imagine. Through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way? What or who is it that inspires them? Why are they in our midst? Such a witness is already a silent proclamation of the Good News and a very powerful and effective one. Here we have an initial act of evangelization.’
To this end on Sunday 29th March 2020, the Sunday after the Solemnity of the Annunciation, at 12 noon, the time of the Angelus, individuals will be invited to recite the new prayer based on the Angelus called the Angelus Promise. This may take place during Mass, or a Liturgy of the Word, or in one’s home, or people may wish to make a pilgrimage on that day to a shrine or their cathedral.
The Act of Dedication will begin after the recitation of the Angelus Promise with the reading of the words of Archbishop Arundel: ‘The contemplation of the great mystery of the Incarnation has drawn all Christian nations to venerate her from whom came the first beginnings of our redemption. But we English, being the servants of her special inheritance and her own dowry, as we are commonly called, ought to surpass others in the fervour of our praises and devotions.’
The Angelus Promise
R: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
V: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
As God once called Mary, so today he calls me to seek his Word in my life.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
V: Be it done to me according to thy Word.
Mary’s simple “yes” opened her heart to God’s grace and all things become possible. Let my “yes” take away fear as I embrace God’s will and like Mary ‘ponder these things in my heart’.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: And the Word became flesh (bow or genuflect)
V: And dwelt among us.
Mary’s faith-filled “yes”, conceived first in her heart, led to the birth of our Saviour; as I commit myself to my faith-filled “yes” today, I accept my Saviour into my heart, bringing his life to my world.
Hail Mary full of Grace…
R: Pray for us most holy Mother of God
V: That we may be made worthy of the promises of God.
Let us pray:
O Holy Mother of God, pray for us and assist us as we dedicate ourselves this day. Your “yes” at the Annunciation brought our Saviour Jesus into the world, and you invite us to contemplate the great mystery of the Incarnation, sharing your joy in announcing that ‘the Word was made flesh and lived among us’. May our “yes”, this day, open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry, that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks among us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
‘As followers of Jesus Christ, we must learn to follow and to follow we must learn to trust. A physical pilgrimage through unfamiliar territory is a great lesson in trust; one must accept whatever the road has to offer: the accommodations, fellow travellers, the weather, the inconveniences, the hardships, the annoyances. A pilgrim heart looks to the journey with willingness, openness, and a good sense of humour. If we choose to trust that God has called us on this journey and he is directing it, we can relax and be open to the lessons he is seeking to teach us. We trust that God will walk the way with us, no matter what happens. He doesn’t promise to make the way easy; he simply says, “I will be with you.” (Message of Pope Francis to pilgrims to Loreto) Mgr John Armitage Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham