The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was one of the most heavily visited shrines in the Middle Ages. Peasants and Kings made the pilgrimage to the little Norfolk valley to venerate the ancient image of the Blessed Virgin. The shrine was destroyed by England’s Stalin (Henry VIII) but a shrine has been restored in modern times, and pilgrimages continue to grow in number. The little village of Walsingham is very unspoiled and quaint. If you get to England make a point to get there, even though it is a long journey.

You can visit the website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The place is especially beautiful in May.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01186202810919174492 Mac McLernon

    I really love Walsingham…I have to admit that my warped sense of humour kept me chuckling when, visiting the Anglican church, I wandered into the chapel of the Ascension… and looked up……to see two plaster feet (with nail holes) sticking down from a plaster cloud on the ceiling!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Oh yes! I remember that detail! I was tickled by it too when I first saw it.Someone once said the Anglican Shrine looks like a cross between a Spanish bungalow and an Anglo Catholic church.I like it though. I like the holy Well and I very much like the Holy House. I wonder if it is visited much anymore by the Anglicans. I get the impression that the Anglo Catholic movement is somewhat of a lost cause.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15185875893212146794 Ttony

    Henry VIII was England’s Kerensky; Cromwell was England’s Stalin.But spot on about Walsingham.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10480967226190816519 David Palmer

    I also love the Anglican shrine, indeed I prefer it to the (Catholic) Slipper chapel. Encouragingly the Slipper Chapel also used to be Anglican (I understand) until the woman who owned the land it was on converted to Catholicism. So with the decline of Anglo-Catholicism as a viable movement maybe the Anglican shrine will one day be ours too… that would be great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01186202810919174492 Mac McLernon

    Actually the Slipper Chapel was Catholic first… heheheh

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10480967226190816519 David Palmer

    The WORLD was Catholic first!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13831473704338746499 Sursum Corda

    Father, I was delighted to see you refer to Henry VIII as England’s Stalin. I am heartily sick of historical documentaries which attempt to paint him in a sympathetic light. There was recent series narrated by a bespectacled English histroy professor which was both fawning in its sympathy for Henry while at the same time being markedly anti Catholic. The reformation in England is a period which confirms the adage that history is written by “victors”. The quote marks are intentional as the victory has been short lived. The best example of this is that Mary Tudor attempted to bring England back to the Church and in doing so burnt Protestants at the stake. For this she is dubbed ” Bloody Mary”. Elizabeth I does the reverse and burns Catholics so history calls her ” Good Queen Bess”. I know this analysis may be a tad simplistic but the basic thurst, I feel, is correct.

  • MM

    we have an Anglican rite parish name after Our Lady of Walisham right here in Houston, havnt got a chance to go myself yet.on another note, Fr. may you plz pray for the repose soul of my friend Dan who I just recieved news was killed today in serving our country in Iraq. Thanks

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    MM, Walsingham in Houston was shown to me by a client a few years ago as an example of the sort of church his parish wanted. Turned out be too pricey, but it’s a lovely revival sort of building.I bet Fr Longenecker can guess what parish this might be!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09216619732353177072 terry

    I like the description of Henry VIII. The destruction which he wrought was terrible.Its rather ironic that the shrines he destroyed are being or have been restored but his great monument Nonsuch Palace near Sutton was razed to the ground and there have never been any plans to restore or resurrect it. The site is a public park – a very beautiful one, admittedly