Behold 2020

Behold 2020 is the event that celebrates the re-dedication of England as "The Dowry of Mary" at midday on 29 March 2020. On the day we can respond in two ways; by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment.

On 29 March 2020 – at midday – England will be re-dedicated to Mary in Cathedrals, parishes and Catholic institutions thoughout the country.

Why is England called the Dowry of Mary?

On the Feast of Corpus Christi 1381, King Richard II dedicated England to Mary in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in thanksgiving for his kingdom being saved at the time of the Peasants’ Revolt.

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.

How can I take part?

Well, we’d like you to join us as we give ourselves, as the people of this country, to Mary.

On the day of Re-dedication we can respond in two ways; by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment.

Personal Promise

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. 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.

Communal Entrustment

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. 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.

More information on how you can get involved, visit the official website.