Re-dedication of England to Mary

Behold 2020 is the event that celebrated the Re-dedication of England as "The Dowry of Mary". We made a personal promise and a communal entrustment.

At 12pm noon on Sunday, 29 March 2020, England was re-dedicated to Mary.

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.

The Re-dedication

We were able to give ourselves and our country to Mary by responding in two ways – by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment.

Download the prayers below and follow the re-dedication. Cardinal Vincent Nichols filmed a recitation of the prayers.

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 the official website.

Pray the Re-dedication

You can join us to pray the Angelus Prayer and the Act of Entrustment with Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Subtitles and signed version also available (BSL).

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