Today's virtue is Love of Labour
and the flower is the Primrose.
Yesterday was the National Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
A friend of mine, Fr Irving Hamer, was there and took some lovely photographs
which he has kindly given me permission to post here - many thanks!
This is the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, crowned, enrobed and surrounded by flowers.
Processing through the mediaeval village....
Arriving at the Abbey.
Our Lady enthroned in front of the the ruin
of the great east window of the Abbey.
Fr Irving said that "Our Lady's Lace" flowers
were blossoming in profusion!
This is a Google image of Our Lady's Lace,
also known as Sweet Woodruff, and more formally as Galium Odoratum
or Asperula Odoratum, depending on which source you look at:
Prayer to Our Lady Of Walsingham
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine Son,
dying on the cross confided us to your maternal care.
You are our Mother; we desire ever to remain your devout children.
Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ.
Make your name again glorious in this place, once renowned throughout our land
by your visits, favours and many miracles.
Pray, O Holy Mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick,
consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.
O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham intercede for us.