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National Shrine in Williamsburg

The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in the care of Saint Bede Catholic Church, in Williamsburg has been officially recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national shrine. Join Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Saint Bede Catholic Church on Friday, September 23rd for the Dedication of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The dedication Mass will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 520 Richmond Road. There will be a rosary procession prior to the Mass. If you would like to join for the rosary procession, we will be gathering on the lawn of the Shrine at 5:15 p.m. to begin the procession. You are welcome to bring flowers to present to Our Blessed Mother after the procession.

The original Walsingham shrine in England dates back almost 1,000 years before the building of Saint Bede parish in Williamsburg. In 1033, a noble woman from the central part of England was being visited by a woman the English began to call "Our Lady." This English noblewoman built a replica of the Holy Family's house on her property in Walsingham in honor of the Blessed Virgin.

In the Middle Ages, Walsingham was what Lourdes and Fatima are today - centers of pilgrimage and prayer to invoke the intercessions of the Virgin. Now we have a national shrine right here in our own backyard. Come join in the celebration!

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