Thine Own Service

Our Lady of Walsingham in the church of Saint Bede, Williamsburg, VA Our Lady of Walsingham in the church of Saint Bede, Williamsburg, VA

Given at the 2015 conference of Musica Sacra Florida at Ave Maria University.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, of which I am proud to be a Priest, takes its name from the small rural village of Little Walsingham in Norfolk on the east coast of England. In 1061, some five years before the Norman conquest, Walsingham was the site of an apparition of Our Lady to a local noblewoman, Richeldis de Faverches. The Blessed Virgin, in the words of the well-loved Walsingham pilgrimage hymn, instructed Richeldis: “Take note, my dear daughter, and build here a Shrine / As Nazareth’s home in this country of thine.” Obedient to the Mother of the Lord, Richeldis did exactly that, constructing a Holy House (one of several in medieval England) to commemorate the place of the Lord’s own home, the…

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