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Votive offering

Father Alfred Hope Patten OSA, appointed as the Church of England Vicar of Walsingham in 1921, ignited Anglican interest in the pre-Reformation pilgrimage. It was his idea to create a new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham based on the image depicted on the seal of the medieval priory. In 1922, this statue was set up in the Parish Church of St Mary and regular pilgrimage devotion followed.

 

From the first night that the statue was placed there, people gathered around it to pray, asking Mary to join her powerful prayer with theirs.

 

Throughout the 1920s the trickle of pilgrims became a flood of large numbers for whom, eventually, the Pilgrim Hospice was opened (a hospice is the name of a place of hospitality for pilgrims) and, in 1931, a new Holy House encased in a small pilgrimage church was dedicated and the statue translated there with great solemnity. In 1938 that church was enlarged to form the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Father Patten combined the posts of Vicar and Priest Administrator of the Anglican shrine until his death in 1958.

 

This votive offering is in the Anglican Shrine.

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Taken on May 18, 2008