Pastoral Notes September 20th, 2015

Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the installation in St. Edward's Church, September 2009WALSINGHAM
Thursday 24th September is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. “More books have been written, more poems recited and more songs sung about Walsingham than about any other shrine in England. In the medieval world, this place of pilgrimage (in Norfolk) ranked fourth after Jerusalem, Compostela and Rome, and it was the only one of the four to be dedicated specifically to the Blessed Virgin. The history of this place stretches back to the eleventh century”. (From ‘Shrines of Our Lady in England’, Anne Vail). Near the Baptism Font in St Edward’s is a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, remembering a parish family closely involved with the restoration of this ancient shrine of Our Lady, which was destroyed by King Henry VIII in the 16th century, and the venerable statue removed and lost. An ancient seal with the statue depicted allowed the statue to be sculpted once more. A small version can be seen in the church.