Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Lady's feast-day: make a spiritual pilgrimage

Unless one lives in Britain, it would be near impossible to make it to the actual village of Walsingham to venerate Our Lady's shrine today. But one can make a spiritual pilgrimage!  Find a quiet spot, acknowledge the Presence of the Lord, and offer these prayers:—

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to the SHRINE of

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.

Ant. The rod of Jesse has blossomed; the Virgin has brought forth one who is both God and man. God has restored peace, reconciling in himself the depths and the heights. 

V. Lord, have mercy.

R. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Our Father... (and the rest, until:)

V. And lead us not into temptation.

R. But deliver us from evil.

Let us pray.

O Mary, O glorious Mother of my Savior, behold me at my journey's end, kneeling within [my heart at] this venerable sanctuary where, through the centuries, thou hast been the object of devotion and confidence of the faithful. In this place where thy name is so great, thy protection so assured, where thou hast showered so many notable favors upon those who have sought thine intercession, I humbly claim a share in thy prayers. O Mary, our Lady of Walsingham, I have undertaken this [spiritual] journey in order that I may obtain from thy Divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through thy powerful intercession, the favor of... (name the request).

Pray, dear Mother, that our Lord may make good all that is imperfect in my requests and obtain for me the crowning favor of a heart completely surrendered to his Will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Then is said thrice:)

V. O Lord God, thou Word incarnate, Jesus of Nazareth:

R. Have mercy upon us.

(To conclude, the following is said:)

V. May the Divine Assistance remain always with us.
R. And with our absent brethren.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* Adapted from A Walsingham Prayer Book. Oxford, UK: Family Publications, 2009. p. 25.


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