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~ St. Teresa of Jesus

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Shrine for the Rededication of England to Mary


This is our shrine for the Rededication of England, Our Lady's Dowry, to Mary later today. Please join with us in making a personal promise and/or the communal entrustment to the Blessed Virgin at 12 noon. The prayers for this can be downloaded using the links below.


Archbishop Bernard Longley will be celebrating Mass at 11 am in St. Chad's Cathedral just beforehand. This can be watched live stream by clicking on the following link:



Fra Angelico's AnnunciationToday we celebrate Mary's saying, 'Yes', to God in her consenting to become the mother of His only-begotten Son, Who then took flesh in her womb.


Let us too say, 'Yes', to God in His will for our lives, whatever that involves. Let us be open and listen attentively for, in silence, God does speak and He has an amazing plan for us.



The following is an extract on the incarnation from the Romances by St. John of the Cross:


Now that the time had come

when it would be good

to ransom the bride

serving under the hard yoke

of that law

which Moses had given her,

the Father, with tender love,

spoke in this way:

“Now you see, Son, that your bride

was made in your image,

and so far as she is like you

she will suit you well;

yet she is different, in her flesh,

which your simple being does not have.

In perfect love

this law holds:

that the lover become

like the one he loves;

for the greater their likeness

the greater their delight.

Surely your bride’s delight

would greatly increase

were she to see you like her,

in her own flesh.”

“My will is yours,”

the Son replied,

“and my glory is

that your will be mine.

This is fitting, Father,

what you, the Most High, say;

for in this way

your goodness will be more evident,

your great power will be seen

and your justice and wisdom.

I will go and tell the world,

spreading the word

of your beauty and sweetness

and of your sovereignty.

I will go seek my bride

and take upon myself

her weariness and labours

in which she suffers so;

and that she may have life,

I will die for her,

and lifting her out of that deep,

I will restore her to you.”


Then he called

the archangel Gabriel

and sent him to

the virgin Mary,

at whose consent

the mystery was wrought,

in whom the Trinity

clothed the Word with flesh;

and though Three work this,

it is wrought in the One;

and the Word lived incarnate

in the womb of Mary.

And he who had only a Father

now had a Mother too,

but she was not like others

who conceive by man.

From her own flesh

he received his flesh,

so he is called

Son of God and of man.

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020

Posted on 22nd March, 2020


Pope Francis celebrating Holy MassThe following is a short extract from ‘The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life’ which one of our sisters thought to be very applicable to the current situation of most of us only being able to make a Spiritual Communion. It is about the Holy Spirit’s role of communion in the Eucharist and the Church.


‘A full recovery of the pneumatological aspect of the Eucharist could contribute to overcoming more easily the risk of limiting ourselves solely to the dimension of the presence of Christ, rather than to live Communion in all its richness as salvific action which contemplates all the mysteries of Christ. Also risky is an individualistic mentality which, in practice, reduces the Eucharist to communion only with Christ the head ignoring his body, which is the Church (see 1 Cor. 11:17-33). A “Communion” which is not a “communion” with the total Christ would be a flagrant contradiction of the very nature of the Eucharist, because the body of Christ is the Church and, at the same time, the sacramental body generates the mystical body.’


[Extract from ‘The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life’ (Chapter 7 – The Holy Spirit in the Liturgy, p116) prepared by the Theological-Historical Commission for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000]


St Joseph, the Betrothed

Today we celebrate the solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church.
St Joseph "was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: 'Good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Lord.'"
"Obviously, Christ does not now deny to Joseph that intimacy, reverence and very high honour which he gave him on earth, as a son to his father. Rather we must say that in heaven Christ completes and perfects all that he gave at Nazareth."
~From a sermon by St Bernadine of Siena

Third Sunday of Lent 2020

Posted on 15th March, 2020


Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the wellThe following quotations are taken from today's Gospel of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well
(John 4:5-42):
'If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.'
'Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again: but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.'

Second Sunday of Lent 2020

Posted on 8th March, 2020


Icon of the TransfigurationThe Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent is that of the Transfiguration of the Lord, this year from Matthew.


The following is taken from the proper preface: "On [the] holy mountain, [the Lord] revealed himself in glory in the presence of his disciples. He had already prepared them for his approaching death. He wanted to teach them through the Law and the Prophets that the promised Christ had first to suffer and so come to the glory of his resurrection."

First Sunday of Lent - 1st March

Posted on 1st March, 2020


Jesus is Tempted by the DevilThe Temptation of Jesus


"By abstaining forty long days from earthly food, he consecrated through his fast the pattern of our Lenten observance and, by overturning all the snares of the ancient serpent, taught us to cast out the leaven of malice, so that, celebrating worthily the Paschal Mystery, we might pass over at last to the eternal paschal feast."


(From the Preface for the First Sunday of Lent)


Ante-choir altar during the 33 daysOn Friday 21st February we began our 33 days of preparation leading up to the Annunciation of the Lord on 25th March and the Re-dedication of England to the Blessed Virgin Mary on 29th. Each day after None we are processing into the ante-choir reciting the Litany of Our Lady and our own specially written prayer.


Special prayer on the altar recited every day


Service of Re-dedication to Our Lady

Posted on 16th February, 2020


At 11 am on Sunday 29th March in our Carmelite chapel there will be a special service for the Re-dedication of England to Our Lady. This will consist of readings, hymns, the rosary and other prayers leading up to the Angelus Promise and Act of Communal Entrustment at 12 noon, in union with numerous gatherings around the country.



Behold - The Dowry, Ever Ancient, Ever New

As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady for her guidance in 1381, so we, too, in 2020 will seek Mary’s protection and prayers anew, giving ourselves to her through this act of re-dedication. We also recall how our country received the title ‘Mary’s Dowry’, meaning that England was ‘set aside’ as a gift, a dowry, for Our Blessed Lady, to be under her guidance and protection.


Re-dedication of England as 'The Dowry of Mary'In 'Behold 2020' the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are encouraging the faithful to get involved in the re-dedication of our country to Our Lady as 'Mary's Dowry'. This will take place as a communal entrustment at midday on 29th March in many Cathedrals, parishes and Catholic institutions but people can equally respond by making a personal promise to Our Blessed Lady on the same day.

To find out more, just click on the link below: