Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

 About the Shrine


The original Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham was established in 1061 in Walsingham, England when, according to the text of the Pynson Ballad (c 1485), Richeldis de Faverches prayed that she might undertake some special work in honor of Our Lady. In answer to her prayer, the Virgin Mary led her in spirit to Nazareth, showed her the house where the Annunciation occurred, and asked her to build a replica in Walsingham to serve as a perpetual memorial of the Annunciation.  She promised that “Whoever seeks my help there will not go away empty-handed.”


On September 8, 1941, Fr. Thomas Walsh, the first resident pastor of Saint Bede Catholic Church, was inspired by the Marian apparition in Walsingham and dedicated the College Chapel to Our Lady of Walsingham.  He commissioned a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham based upon the image on the ancient priory seal.  On February 1, 1942, in Williamsburg, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was blessed. 




Walsingham Rosary

This "Crown of Prayers" is a rosary of the seven joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Begin with Intercessory Prayer:
O my dearest Mother Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your loving Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request (mention your prayer petition).

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God’s Holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. Dear Mother, Our Lady of Walsingham, I offer you this spiritual “Bouquet of Roses” because I love you. I put all my confidence in you since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, Your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer.  Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed
   1 – Our Father
   3 – Hail Marys
   1 – Glory Be

Seven Mysteries:
1st Mystery – The Annunciation
2nd Mystery – The Visitation
3rd Mystery – The Nativity
4th Mystery – The Finding in the Temple
5th Mystery – The Resurrection and Ascension
6th Mystery – The Assumption
7th Mystery – The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin

Follow with the Ancient Walsingham Prayer:
O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we, sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul,
and once conceived never to lose Him.  Amen.

Concluding Prayer:
O God, Whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech You, that, meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham,                 Pray for us.
Our Lady of Walsingham,                 Pray for us.
O Mary, the Mother of God,
Our Lady of Walsingham,                 Intercede for us.

Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham

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Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham


Pray to the Lord for us


Mary, without sin,

Pray to the Lord for us


Mary, God’s Mother,

Pray to the Lord for us

Mary the Virgin,

Pray to the Lord for us


Mary taken to Heaven,

Pray to the Lord for us

Mary at Bethlehem,

Pray for all mothers

Mary at Nazareth,

Pray for all families

Mary at Cana,

Pray for all married couples

Mary at the Cross,

Pray for all who suffer

Mary in the Upper Room,

Pray for all who wait

Mary model of womanhood,

Pray for all women

Woman of Faith,

Remember us

Woman of Hope,

Remember us

Woman of Charity,

Remember us

Woman of suffering,

Remember us

Woman of anxiety,

Remember us

Woman of humility,

Remember us

Woman of poverty,

Remember us

Woman of purity,

Remember us

Woman of obedience,

Remember us

Woman who wondered,

Remember us to God

Woman who listened,

Remember us to God

Woman who followed Him,

Remember us to God

Woman who longed for Him,

Remember us to God

Woman who loves Him,

Remember us to God

Mother of God,

Be our Mother always

Mother of men,

Be our Mother always

Mother of the Church,

Be our Mother always

Mother of the world,

Be our Mother always

Mother we need,

Be our Mother always

Mother of the Unborn,

Pray for all children

Mother who went on believing,

We thank God for you

Mother who never lost hope,

We thank God for you

Mother who loved to the end,

We thank God for you

Let us Pray:

All Holy and ever-living God, in giving us Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and Brother, You gave us Mary, His Mother, to be our Mother also; grant us, we pray You, to live lives worthy of so great a Brother and so dear a Mother, that we may come at last to You the Father of us all, Who lives and reigns forever.   Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham,                                         
Pray for us.



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