Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Shrine Post: Preparing for Feast of Martyrs of England and Wales

In preparation for the Feast of the Martyrs of England and Wales, which honors the 40 Martyrs canonized by Pope Paul VI, the 85 Martyrs Beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II, and the other martyrs beatified by previous popes (Leo XIII, Pius XII), here is a link to a shrine in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire for two of the Carthusian martyrs, St. John Houghton of the London Charterhouse and St. Robert Lawrence of the Beauvale Priory. The site is the source of the print featured above, depicting the five Protomartyrs of the English Reformation: the three Carthusian Priors (the third is St. Augustine Webster), Blessed John Haile, parish vicar from Isleworth, and St. Richard Reynolds, from the Brigittine House of Syon. The church has a Beauvale Society to organize pilgrimages in honor of the two saints featured in the shrine. One may also visit the ruins of Beauvale (beautiful valley) Priory through the English Heritage program. Here's another shrine, at St. Mark's in Mansfield, also honoring those two Carthusian martyrs. More about the Catholic Martyrs of England and Wales this Friday, May 4.

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