Here, for today's Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, is a beautiful reflection on English spirituality and on that land's once and now renewed devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham. One note that our American readers should bear in mind when listening to this talk is that "homely" has a different connotation in England than it does in America, even when applied to persons. In England, it refers to that which is pleasant, comfortable and hospitable,
Our Lady of Walsingham, Pray for us.
Ancient Walsingham PrayerO alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen.