Friday 1 May 2020

The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage - CTS Concise Histories

The Dowry of Mary
CTS Concise Histories
Dr Raymond Edwards
Mgr John Armitage
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781784696320
CTS Booklet H515

Over the last few years I have read and reviewed over 100 books from the Catholic Truth Society. As soon as I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued. And the book did not disappoint. It is the latest title in the CTS Concise Histories series. The description of this volume is:

“On 29th March 2020, the Bishops of England will formally rededicate our country as the Dowry of Mary. This booklet explores this beautiful tradition and its importance for a rekindling of the historically famous Marian piety of England centred on the shrine at Walsingham.”

The sections in this volume are:

Part I
England as Mary’s Dowry: its Meaning and History 
by Raymond Edwards

Part II
Devotion to Our Lady in England 
by Mgr John Armitage
     1. Mary’s Yes at the Annunciation – Our Response
     2. Share My Joy
     3. The Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry 2020
     The Act of Dedication

On March 29th 2020 the Bishops of England rededicated the country as the Dowry of Mary. This rededication took place in cathedrals, parishes, schools and religious houses. People could also make their own dedication at home. We are told in the preface:

“To many, Catholics, and probably to most non-Catholics, this may seem a curious thing for our bishops to do, and to invite us to take part in. But it is worth taking a moment to understand the history and theology of this event before passing it over with only a raised eyebrow. This pamphlet tries to answer some obvious and reasonable questions we may have about the Dowry of Mary. It also says something about its place in English history, and in the devotional life of the people of England for centuries.”

The book is a fascinating read. It is interesting to follow the history and development of England being devoted as The Dowry of Mary. The way the authors traced back through the legends and appearances through history of the imagery and name. It is wonderful to read about the history and this historic rededication.

Another excellent resource from the Catholic Truth Society!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books in the CTS Concise Histories Series:
A Brief History of English Catholicism - Nicholas Schofield
Heresy through the Ages - Jerome Bertram
The Crusades What Really Happened - Jonathan Riley-Smith 
The Reformation in England – Raymond Edwards
The Inquisition – Fernando Cervantes
The Early Church From Christ to Constantine – Fr. Anthony Meredith SJ
The Dowry of Mary - Dr Raymond Edwards and Mgr John Armitage

Books by Dr Raymond Edwards:
Catholic Traditionalism
The Dowry of Mary 
Handbook of Novena to the Saints
Handbook of Novenas for Feasts and Seasons
Handbook of Scriptural Novenas for Various Needs and Intentions
J.R.R. Tolkien - His Life, Work & Faith
Prayer on the Go
A Simple Glossary of Catholic Terms
Stories of World War I
The Miraculous Medal
The Reformation in England
A Book of Novenas

Books by Fr Antonio Ritaccio:
Finding God in Times of Stress
Finding God in Anxiety and Depression
Finding God in Loneliness
The Dowry of Mary

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