' C.H.' Reporter SCHOOL children being taken to the Tower of London, by their teachers and others, will from the beginning of May, be invited to visit the nearby church of the English Martyrs in Prescot Street.
At the shrine of Our Lady of Graces in the church, they will be asked to pray for the conversion of England, and will, if advance notice of their coming is Riven, be addressed by Fr. M. Fitzsimons, 0.111.1., the parish priest. He will also give each of them a card showing the lovely statue of Our Lady venerated in the church, and containing a prayer for their use.
" We hope to revive devotion to Our Lady in this hallowed spot in the City of London," Fr. Fitzsimons told me. " Our Lady of Graces was venerated in a Cistercian monastery 100 yards away from this church. The shrine was set up by King Richard Ill in thanksgiving for his safety in a storm at sea."
THE site of the monastery is now occupied by the Royal Mint. Quite near, on Tower Hill itself,
Catholic Evidence Guild speakers explain daily the Catholic Faith to enquirers. The Stepney Borough Council, which covers the area where the English Martyrs' church stands, paid tribute some time back to the memory of two English martyrs, SS. John Fisher and Thomas More, executed on Tower Hill, by naming streets after them.
" This is the centenary years of the Lourdes Apparitions," Fr. Fitzsimons told me, " and the Feast of the English Martyrs falls on May 4. Our Lady is Mediatrix of All Graces. We shall at once circularise all the schools. We need the prayers of children if we are to convert England."
Sign-posts show the way from the Tower to the church of the English Martyrs, which has recently been redecorated. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate,