Saturday, 1 December 2012

Oratory's Madonna gets Cope and Crown!

In honour of the Birmingham Oratory's patron, the Immaculate Conception, a kind parishioner has made a cope and crown which will adorn Our Lady's statue throughout the novena (devotions after the 12.30 Mass each day), in the run up to next Saturday's feast. The infant Jesus, wrapped in his Mother's mantle, wears a dalmatic.

The Lady Altar was built in 1911, with donations from the Feeny family and Our lady's statue, installed at the same time, is a replica of Notre Dame de Victoires in Paris.
Many miracles have occurred through the intercession of our Lady of Victories....most famously, perhaps, St Therese was cured when she was 10 and near death, following her father asking for a novena of Masses at the Church of Notre Dame de Victoires.
The statue's special significance for the Oratory is its connection with Blessed John Henry Newman, who, before St Therese, had prayed to Notre Dame des Victoires both before and in thanksgiving after his conversion.
 You  can find out more here.

We invoke the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Conception for Her sons of the Birmingham Oratory. May She keep them always in Her Immaculate Heart.

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