Our Lady of Atonement

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Baguio Cathedral Our Lady of Atonement

Our Lady of Atonement (Latin: Domina Nostra Adunationis) is a celebrated Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary first invoked by Father (Louis) Paul T. Wattson, S.A. and Ms. Lurana White, a laywoman. Under this Marian title, the Society of the Atonement propagates Marian devotion, first celebrated in Graymoor chapel farmhouse, New York in 1909 and was finally approved by the Roman Catholic Church in July 1946.[1]

The feast designated by Father Wattson to this Marian title is recorded on July 9, the date approved by the Holy See for its religious devotion. The title is also very common among Anglicans and Anglo-Catholics who have similar devotion in their liturgical traditions. The religious image draws on the Passion of Jesus Christ, symbolized by the red cloak of the Virgin Mary, and the external angels surrounding the frightened Child Jesus with the instruments of his passion.[2]

Description of the Image[edit]

The most common image of Virgin Mary under this title is a Madonna holding in Child Jesus in a cruciform gesture. It is distinct to the title Mary Help of Christians for having a red cloak, lacking a sceptre, but instead having a Child Jesus hold a small crucifix.

The 1935 image of the Our Lady of Atonement features adorning angels, holding the symbols and instruments of the Passion of Jesus Christ, chiefly among them the crown of thorns, nails, flagellum and scourging pillar, as well as the INRI headboard of the crucifixion.

There are two orders which emanated from the Marian devotion, namely the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Both which utilize the spirituality of Father Wattson in their respective religious communities.

An Anglican-Catholic parish named as Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church is located in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Atonement in Baguio City, Philippines is also named in honor of this devotion, which was a result of Anglican spirituality which was fostered in the Cordillera region in the year 1936.