It is surely no accident that the Sunday when the whole Church begins to turn towards the Passion, we also consecrate ourselves afresh to the Virgin Mother of God as her Dowry. She it was who stood closest to Our Lord, who caught each of the Seven Words as they were uttered. In this time of coronavirus, the juxtaposition of Passiontide and the Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry are especially meaningful.

As we shelter beneath her protecting mantle, may we give ourselves to God through her, each day and for always. May God bless you in your self-giving.