Come on a Pilgrimage to the National Shrine

Many people come and visit the shrine, and they come for many different reasons.  Some have great devotion and trust in the prayers of Mary, commending us to her Son, as a loving mother, praying for us and our needs.

Others come, searching for hope, peace and light.

The shrine welcomes all, and all who visit here are kept in our prayers.

The image of Our Lady of the Taper is one that portrays great comfort and hope for us, as the Virgin holds her Son, and presents Him to us as Our Lord and God, she lights our way to Him.

In the dark of the evening, the lighted taper illuminates the faces of Mother and Child, and teaches us of our Christian Faith, that Christ is the light of the world, and the role of Our Lady is to lead us to the Divine light of Her Son.

People who come to the Shrine light candles as a sign of their prayers, and their presence here.

Our life is a pilgrim journey into the mystery of the love of God for us.  Going on pilgrimages reminds us of that constant journey, and helps us grow as we make our search for God, who is our light and our hope.


You are always welcome at the Welsh National Shrine, either as an individual or as a pilgrim group.  If you would like further information about the Shrine, or you would like to plan a pilgrimage, please contact the shrine rector, and he will be happy to help.


God bless you on your journey!

Find Us

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Taper

North Rd,



SA43 1LT


Shrine Prayer

My soul glorifies the Lord,
Henceforth all ages will call me Blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me:
Holy His name.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to your word.

Father, Your Son Jesus born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit is the Light of the world. May the same Spirit lead us to imitate Mary’s faith love and humility, that, guided by her example, we may follow the light of her Son on our Journey through life and come at last to see you as you are, and praise you in the everlasting kingdom of heaven.


Holy Mary Mother of God, you offer your Son for our adoration
May we too treasure His word in our hearts and help bring His light to the world.

Our Lady of Cardigan           Pray for Wales

Our Lady of Cardigan           Pray for us