Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham

pic_old-mapSo, today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham. Seems strange, even to me, that a hard-headed old Protestant like me would care. Like many of you, I was raised that the veneration of Saints and such tended very close to idolatry. And it can, Martin Luther, himself, warned of it but, he also venerated Mary, the Theotokos, all his life.

In truth, many of us venerate soldiers, sports heroes, even politicians, in much the same way. In essence it strikes me as little more than a desire to emulate an exemplary person. The Christian overlay provides an opportunity for us to ask them to intercede with God for us, is all.

But, being raised when and how I was, none of this penetrated my thick skull, and I know I was hardly alone. But if we are wise we learn, and we grow as we age. At least for me this is true.

I was introduced to Our Lady of Walsingham by my coauthor, Jess, not long after we met, she made the pilgrimage to Walsingham a few years ago, not long after we were brought together.

With my love of history, I was fascinated by the history, and have written some about it, as has Jess. But that is not the point, today, while she was there, she lit a candle, and prayed for me (yes, I know, not the kind of thing we Lutherans, or in truth most Anglicans) do. Thing is, I felt a peace go through me at almost the moment she lit it, and sundry other effects as well.

There may be other explanations, I suppose, but I haven’t stumbled across them, and it is from that moment that she became my dearest friend, a moment shared across the ocean and half a continent. There are more chapters to tell of this story, but not today, they will have to wait.

Today is the day that I will merely note and ask Our Lady of Walsingham to continue to watch over us, and those we love.

O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine son, dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care. You are our mother, we desire ever to remain your devout children. let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. make your name again glorious in the shrine once renowned throughout England by your visits, favours, and many miracles.

Pray, O holy mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.

O blessed Mary, mother of God, our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us.
Amen.

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15 Responses to Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham

  1. chalcedon451 says:

    Thank you Neo – may Our Lady of Walsingham intercede for those in most need of her.

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    • NEO says:

      May She indeed. Amen.

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  2. Indeed to even come close to the biblical truth and revelation here, we simply must also study The Council of Ephesus, in 431. For here is where the term “Theotokos” comes, and also in answering the errors of Nestorius. But speaking for myself, and as a classic type Anglican, and evangelical, Mary as the Theotokos is only but profoundly the God-bearer, the Mother of the Incarnate Christ, who is also the Jewish Messiah! Thus always the safeguard here is toward and about the Incarnation! There can be no true so-called “Mariology” without Christology! So we must always begin with Christ as the eternal and divine Logos, and the eternal and divine Son of God! Mary’s part in our redemption was, thoroughly real and genuine, and yet none the less secondary to the part played by God and by Christ! In the biblical mystery and revelation here, this is about as far as we can really press! To quote the Anglican Bishop Alexander Forbes: ‘Of course, between the perfection of God, and the perfection of the noblest of his creatures, there is the gulph (gulf) of infinity fixed.’ And we note here, 1 Tim. 2: 5-6! Mediator (Mediation) and the Atonement are connected!

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed, and I know of no one who disagrees.

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      • Myself, I know both some Lutherans, as too some Reformed who do not believe in Mary’s aspect of the Theotokos! The Virgin Birth, as in some aspect of the Annunciation, is a far as many will go, especially the Reformed.

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        • And btw, I have a Walsingham prayer book, I got from the Anglican Shrine Church -1931 (there on the grounds). Yes, I have been there. There is also a wee upstairs Anglican Chapel, dedicated to the so-called ‘Crowning of Our Lady’, with reserved sacrament. And even a chapel for Orthodox (EO) pilgrims is on the grounds. And of course The Slipper Chapel, (RC), and several other Chapel’s.

          For me, it is an old place where perhaps we can think of St. Mary the Virgin, (the first believer, Luke 1: 45), in the great Incarnation of her Son!

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  3. the unit says:

    See…. another article and comment section I enjoyed reading, but so far over my head. I do believe she taught me to sing Jesus loves all the little children, red, yellow, black and white, some years ago in vacation Bible school.
    I do believe that.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, she’s a teacher, all right. 🙂

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      • Yes, St. Mary the Virgin (as we Anglicans call her), is a teacher by example, and she was involved in the great mystery of the Incarnation in time! She is always the Mother of the Incarnate Christ! We should note also the promise and revelation given to Simeon, Luke 2: 28-40! “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against.” (Verse 34)…”And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Verse 35) Mary’s human heart was broken, but she held her place, quietly!

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        • the unit says:

          Fr. Robert. is that suicide vest for war on women? Just asking where the quiet place is? If we don’t respond unquietly. We all get the sword. not so quietly. Think I’d holler out with my throat being cut. Seems to me.

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        • @unit.. Well of course this is part of Mary’s place and mystery as being herself that vessel for the Incarnation, she is now herself the Mother of the Incarnate Christ the Messiah! Noting, Luke 1: 54-55, “He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” The quiet place for Mary was accepting God’s will, purpose and providence, as the Mother of the Messiah: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Lk. 2: 11)… “And Mary treasured up all these things and pondered then in her heart.” (Verse 19).

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        • But surely the death of Jesus as her own Son, as to the flesh and His humanity was like a sword to her own soul! Again, here she held her peace and place, quietly.

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        • the unit says:

          Fr. Robert, I can understand that. Lost a son many years ago now, buried him quietly, we just mortals. But quietly is all we can do. Or should do… although many now incite the opposite of quietly.

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        • @unit: May he RIP! GOD makes His people… “in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” (Isa. 30: 15) And most of the time, God’s elect people are unknown before the world!

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