A Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham – Day 5


Opening prayer: We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Intention of the day: In reparation for the destruction of Our Lady of Walsingham’s Shrine during the English Reformation, and for the sins of disunity in Christ’s Church
Reflection: Jesus said, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw everyone to mysel” (Jn 12:32). On the eve of his passion he prayed, “Father may they be one in us” (Jn 17:21). “He made peace by his death on the cross” (Col 1:20). St John Paul II as preparation for the Great Jubilee of year 2000, asked pardon of God for the sins of the sons and daughters of the Church, for a “Purification of Memories” of all that caused scandal, destruction and betrayal within the Church and without. We in England, Mary’s Dowry & Wales pray in Reparation for the destruction of the Church and Our Lady’s Shrines throughout our lands which sadly led to the divisions among Christians which remain prevalent to this day.
Prayer: Father most merciful, grant us the grace of true sorrow for the many sins which offend the Sacred Heart of your dear Son, and the Immaculate Heart of his Holy Mother, and grant pardon and rest to the souls of those who, for whatever motive, destroyed the holy Shrine of Walsingham, and brought about divisions which have lasted to our day. Amen.
Intention: We pray for the grace of Christian Unity and for the healing of the wounds of sins and division because by the Holy Cross, Jesus has redeemed the World. We pray for all the faithful departed and for those near death at this time. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be … Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.