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Friday, February 24, 2017
New sign blessed at Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden
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¬†This year's Consecration Mass of the Guild of Our Lady of Willesden included a very special blessing ≠ for the new titleboard of the Church of Our Lady of Willesden, Nicoll Road. The sign, facing onto the street, depicts Our Lady of Willesden with the two Saints who went on pilgrimage to her shrine: St Thomas More in the 16th century and St Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei founder, in the 20th century. It was blessed by the rector of the Shrine, Fr Stephen Willis together with the representatives of Opus Dei lead by Mgr Richard Stork and representatives of The Guild of Our Lady of Willesden lead by the Master of The Guild, John Rick Miller. The image is the only known public image of St Jose Maria in England. It was in this place that St Jose Maria reconsecrated Opus Dei to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the 15th of August 1958. Four centuries earlier St Thomas More came here to pray in the months before his imprisonment and subsequent martyrdom. For many years after that the Shrine was silent, but Our Lady of Willesden's, which has been designated as a National Shrine, is now once again welcoming pilgrims as the Marian Shrine of London, a sanctuary for Marian devotion, as The Blessed Virgin Mary leads all of Her children of London through Her Immaculate Heart into the Sacred Heart of Her Son.
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