Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Architecture: New Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham

The Anglican use church of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas, have announced that they are pursuing the addition of a new shrine chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham:

The design of our new shrine was inspired by the one remaining fragment of the east window that was part of the 12th century priory at Walsingham, England, site of the original shrine. Rising thirty-five feet above the altar at its center, the height of the shrine in Houston will be exactly half that of the English one. The new cloister will provide not only a covered walkway between the church and the parish hall but also will add a prayerful element to the space leading up to the Shrine. When complete, we will once again have our beloved marble statue of Our Lady of Walsingham enthroned behind the altar with the Child Jesus seated on her knee.


Our new shrine will be a beautiful place of prayer to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Walsingham, and to celebrate our Anglican Use liturgies in masses and processions. We pray that our parish will continue to be a welcoming place to worship God and to honor the Blessed Mother.

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