Thursday, January 18, 2007

Guild of Our Lady of Ransom

The Guild has three purposes:

The Conversion of England and Wales
The Restoration of the Lapsed
Prayer for the Forgotten Dead

You can be a member in three ways:

White Cross Ransomers (priests) undertake to offer Mass at least once a year for the intentions of the Guild and makes a donation at their own discretion on enrolment.

Red Cross Ransomers (including me) undertake to say the Guild prayer daily, pay an annual subscription of at least £2 or a Life subscription of £10, and be active in the work of the Church as opportunity offers.

Blue Cross Ransomers undertake to say the Guild prayer daily and pay £1 on enrolment.

If you wnt to join, write with a cheque to:

31 Southdown Road,
London
SW20 8QJ

They also publish fantastic material on the English saints and martyrs and organise Masses and pilgrimages. If you're not already a member, this could be an ideal time to join. Perhaps this week would also be a good time to pray the prayer of Dedication of England to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Ransom prayer book:

O Immaculate Virgin Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Mother of Grace,
and Queen of the kingdom of thy Son,
humbly kneeling before thee,
we offer thee this country in which we live.
It once was thine.
Before it was robbed of the holy Faith
all its children were thy children,
and thou wast honoured throughout its length and breadth
as its Protectress and its Queen.
Again do we consecrate it to thee;
again do we dedicate it as thine own Dowry.
We offer our own hearts,
that their love and service
may ever grow and increase.
We offer all our brethren
those multitudes who know thee so little
or know thee not at all.
May thy prayer bring back the country's ancient faith.
May thy intercession lead us to a closer union
with thy divine Son.
We consecrate ourselves to Him through thee.
Obtain for us,
and for England thy Dowry,
every grace and blessing,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Holy Mother of God, Virgin ever blessed,
O Mary Immaculate, pray for us,
intercede for us, disdain not to help us.
For we are confident and know for certain
that thou canst obtain all thou willest from thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
God Almighty, the King of ages,
who lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

2 comments:

Mark said...

Mweh! What about Scotland?

Gildas said...

Scots are clearly beyond conversion :P