In that same small chapel, there is one remarkable carving from Richard II’s reign that has remained unchallenged and unaltered in the past six hundred and thirty five years. Visiting the Abbey, if you turn off the north ambulatory around the Shrine of St Edward and open the 14 century gates into the little chapel of our Lady of Pew with their prickets for the candles of the faithful, and stand in front of Mother Concordia’s image[the restored image of our Lady of Pew], then look up. On a boss above your head is a beautiful tiny carved image of our blessed Lady in red, her hands clasped in prayer, surrounded by six cherubs, kneeling on the cloud that is taking her to heaven: a 14th century image of the Assumption of our Lady, in Westminster Abbey, undisturbed by Protestant reformers in the 16th century, puritans in the 17th, deists in the 18th, revisionists in the 19th and modernists in the 20 century. Through thick and thin, she lifts to heaven the hearts and minds of any willing to look up from their daily cares and preoccupations and focus their minds instead on the goodness, beauty and mercy of almighty God.
He then went on to suggest how an Anglican devotion to Our Lady could aid in recapturing the imagination of a secular society with the beautiful scandal of the Word made flesh: