This, for those from overseas who might not know it, is the only site memorial that we in Great Britain have to our Reformation Martyrs - the men and women who offered up their lives and suffered most brutally for the sake of Our Blessed Lord and His Mass.
The memorial lies on a small traffic island at one end of London's Edgware Road facing Marble Arch.
It is hardly what one could describe as uplifting; a small, cracked roundel set into the pavement.
St Thomas More (yes I know he was martyred at the Tower, not Tyburn) would have said that this apology of a memorial was the result of "a weak clergy lacking in grace".
Somehow that quote resounds constantly in my ears these days.
I posted on this issue about 12 months ago when I had only just begun my blogging
I did not really expect any sort of reaction from the Church authorities and I have not been disappointed.
But, really, it is shameful!
Would some brave soul bring this issue to the attention of Archbishop Nichols and would His Grace make the cause for a fitting memorial one of his New Year resolutions?
With the London Gay Pride event due to pass within a few hundred yards of Tyburn this summer would it not be a good and wholesome thing to mark what we Catholics deem important?
This post would not be complete without coverage of the 'new' image that is on display, just a few rope lengths from where the martyrs shed their blood - here it is.............
|So profound, so moving, the "Jelly Baby" sculpture|
standing at Tyburn - dedicated to.....what?
It was destined to be in place for 12 months up until April 2011 but from all accounts it's still there. Wonderful!