THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND

A BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF WALSINGHAM & THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND



WALSINGHAM IS ENGLAND'S NAZARETH

"When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England".


A TWO MINUTE VIDEO OF A WALKING PILGRIMAGE FOR THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND TO WALSINGHAM.


Before the reformation Walsingham was one of the three main pilgrimage sites in the world along with Jersusalem and St. James' Way (Santiago de Compostella).

Since these times it as always been understood that every English Catholic will go on pilgrimage to Walsingham and...
...Walk the Holy Mile.
 

WALKING THE HOLY MILE 
AT WALSINGHAM & SOME (slightly inaccurate) HISTORY


 WALSINGHAM, THE PRAYER FOR ENGLAND & DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM ARE ALL LINKED TO THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND (TO CATHOLICISM) WHICH WILL LEAD EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY TO CHRIST.

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1. TO PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND.

2. TO THANK GOD FOR THE GOOD THAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE.

3.  TO ASK FOR THE INTERCESSION OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM FOR HEALING (CATHOLICS DO NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL TO LOURDES FOR HEALING BECAUSE CATHOLICS HAVE BEEN HEALED BY GOING ON PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY).

4. TO ASK FOR THE INTERCESSION OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM FOR HELP IN YOUR LIFE.

5. TO SPEND TIME CLOSE TO GOD. WALSINGHAM IS WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS A 'THIN PLACE' WHERE HEAVEN COMES CLOSE TO EARTH. THIS IS DUE TO THE INTENSITY OF HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF PRAYER AND DEVOTION.

  MOST IMPORTANTLY 

CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE 
IS A PERSONAL SACRIFICE TO GOD.


IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT IF A CATHOLIC PARISH IS NOT ATTENDING WALSINGHAM, AS A GROUP, ON A REGULAR BASIS IT IS A POINTER TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING SPIRITUALLY WRONG WITHIN THE FABRIC OF THE CHURCH.

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"England is 
Our Lady's Dowry"


Pope Leo XIII recalled that England had long been known as Our Lady's Dowry. A title bestowed upon England by the Vatican. 



 Pope Leo XIII spoke of 

"the 'wonderful filial love which burnt within the hearts of your forefathers towards the Mother of God... to whose service they consecrated themselves with such abundant proofs of devotion, that the Kingdom itself acquired the singular title of Mary's Dowry". 

This in part was due to Our Lady's Shrine at Walsingham being one of the three World Pilgrimage sites along with Jerusalem & Compostela de Santiago.

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"DEFENDER OF THE FAITH"

Did you know that when England's monarch is crowned they proclaim to be 'Defender of the Faith' i.e. originally the Catholic faith. This was a title given by Pope Leo X to, ironically, our very own Henry VIII



The title was conferred in recognition of Henry's book....



.......Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (Defence of the Seven Sacraments), which defended the sacramental nature of marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. 
You couldn't make it up!

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THE WALSINGHAM PROJECT

The Walsingham Project is an international prayer movement with the goal of praying for the 
conversion of England. 

It is not just the English who pray for the conversion of England. When England is converted other Catholics from other countries believe that Europe and other parts of the world will also be converted.




Click for their short video.

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ST DOMINIC SAVIO 

THE VISION OF THE 

CONVERSION OF ENGLAND.

In 1857 Dom Bosco related to Blessed Pius IX a vision of St. Dominic Savio:

St. Dom Bosco

      'One morning, while I was doing my thanksgiving after Holy Communion, I was taken by a strong distraction. It seemed that I was on a very vast flat land surface, full of people surrounded by thick darkness. They were walking, but did so as though they had lost their way and could not see where they set their feet. Someone beside me said, "This region is England."
  
St. Dominic Savio

'Then I saw the Supreme Pontiff, Pius IX. He was dressed in a majestic fashion, carrying in his hands a splendorous light, and advancing amidst the multitude of people. As He advanced, the darkness gradually disappeared and the people were bathed with so much light that it seemed noon time.   


   

'The friend said, "This light is the Catholic Religion, which must illuminate England."'  
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The Cure d'Ars St Jean Vianney & 
the Vision of the
Conversion of England

It is well known that the Cure became devoted to Our Lady of La Salette. Archbishop William Ullathorne of Birmingham went to La Salette in May of 1854 to verify for himself the events that had occurred there. He was able for example to verify that there had indeed been a failure of the potato crop in the autumn of 1846 which led to widespread hunger in the mountainside areas. He went to see the Cure of Ars and as he was explaining the need for the Cure to pray for English Catholics who were suffering so much
 



"Suddenly he interrupted me by opening those eyes-cast into shadow by their depth, when listening or reflecting - and streaming their full light upon me in a manner I can never forget, he said, in a voice as firm and full of confidence as though he were making an act of faith… 

'I believe that the Church in England will recover her ancient splendour'. 

I am sure he firmly believes this, from whatever source he has derived the impression". (Archbishop Ullathorne quoted in Trochu's "The Cure ofArs".)


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EDWARD THE CONFESSOR 
THE VISION OF 
THE CONVERSION OF ENGLAND


"During the month of January, 1066, the holy King of England St. Edward the Confessor was confined to his bed by his last illness in his royal Westminster Palace. St. Ælred, Abbott of Rievaulx, in Yorkshire, relates that a short time before his happy death, this holy king was wrapt in ecstasy, when two pious Benedictine monks of Normandy, whom he had known in his youth, during his exile in that country, appeared to him, and revealed to him what was to happen to England in future centuries, and the cause of the terrible punishment.



They said: 'The extreme corruption and wickedness of the English nation has provoked the just anger of God. When malice shall have reached the fullness of its measure, God will, in His wrath, send to the English people wicked spirits, who will punish and afflict them with great severity, by separating the green tree from its parent stem the length of three furlongs. But at last this same tree, through the compassionate mercy of God, and without any national (governmental) assistance, shall return to its original root, reflourish and bear abundant fruit.'



After having heard these prophetic words, the saintly King Edward opened his eyes, returned to his senses, and the vision vanished. He immediately related all he had seen and heard to hisvirgin spouse, Edgitha, to Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury, and to Harold, his successor to the throne, who were in his chamber praying around his bed." (See "Vita beati Edwardi regis et confessoris", from manuscript Selden 55 in Bodleian Library, Oxford.)


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HISTORY OF THE PRAYER FOR ENGLAND

Pope Leo XIII (who canonised & beatified ten of our Martyrs) commissioned the prayer which was most likely composed by his English Secretary of State, Cardinal Merry del Val. It was stated by Leo XIII that the prayer be said after mass with the main aim of converting Anglicans back to Catholicism. 



“We grant, that is, to all those who piously recite this prayer, to whatever nation they may belong, an indulgence of three hundred days; moreover, a plenary indulgence once a month on the observance of the usual conditions to those who have recited it daily”.
                                                                    Pope Leo XIII.

However, the reading of this Prayer was stopped after 19 years & many of us believe that although a Catholic emancipation occurred after the reformation, England has not been converted. It is time for this prayer to be re-instated after every Sunday Mass as it was meant to be. A letter has been sent to the Papal Nuncio to England & Wales, and Pope Benedict, with the long term aim of getting this prayer re-instated with the emphasis being on ALL those on the outside of the Church, searching for the truth, being prayed for (not just Anglicans which was historically the case).




Prayer is at the forefront of all spiritual battle and although as individuals we all have our personal devotions there can be no battle worth fighting than to pray for THE SOULS of ALL our lost brethren in this country. We only have to look at the rapidly advancing secular nature of Britain to see that THIS PRAYER IS A PRIORITY ISSUE. We are an evangelical Church we are supposed to saves souls for Christ. If we are not out on the streets doing this then praying as the 'body of Christ' for our own people is the very least that every English Catholic should be aiming for.

MESSAGE TO THE BISHOP'S OF ENGLAND & WALES
  
We know that our prayers will be answered. It is time to get conversions for Christ and the Kingdom by praying as the 'body of Christ' for these conversions?


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