Our Lady of the Abandoned
another pict of the lady
Our Lady of the Abandoned or the Nuestra De Los Desamparados also known as Inang Mapag-Ampon was the title given to our Blessed Virgin Mary because she was appointed as the Patroness of socially rejected people such as the orphaned, convict and the less fortunate.
The image was brought in the Philippines by the Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century. It was a duplicate of the Señora de los Desamparados of Valencia, Spain. It was beatified in Sta. Ana Church in Sta. Ana, Manila. This church was dedicated to St. Anne, Mary's mother, titular Patroness of the district.
The image has a choir of cherubims at her feet and the two infants climbing up her skirt. The infants represent persons wronged by their own families, the justice system and the war. The original Valenciana image was initially called the Nuestra Señora de los Martires Inocentes for having taken the into custody the souls of the infants killed by King Herod after the birth of Jesus.
The Virgin's Baston de Mando was the leadership symbol of Archbishop Francisco dela Cuesta, former Ecclesiastical Superior and Governor of Manila. He visited the Sta. Ana Church to offer his scepter as a symbol of his devotion. Upon the death of Archbishop Pedro de la Santissima Trinidad martinez y Arizola's death, his heart was removed, encased in metal and interred under the main altar table to show his undying love for Mary.
The Sta. Ana Church's main attraction is the Camarin de la Virjen.It is a Marian room and prayer station at the back of the main altar that is open to devotees on Saturdays. The Camarin, a church within a church, was constructed in 1720. It represents the highest plateau of Marian chapel art in the country. One can see the face of the Desamparados through twin rear-view mirrors set on the right and left pillars in front of the Virgin. The image is surrounded by the reliefs of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic, St. Peter and St. Paul.
Fr. Ingles brought the Desamparados devotion to the Philippines. He devoted his life to the construction of the church, the Franciscan congregation and the advocacy. many miracles were attributed to the Desamparados such as the non-occurrence of Japanese in the vicinity of Sta. Ana, Manila during the World War II, the quick stoppage of house fires in the districts and the coming of the insane persons in church any time of the day. According to church documents, there was never a time that it was not frequented by mentally ill person. The advocacy to Our Lady was headed by the Secular Franciscan Order and the Third Order carmelites of Our Lady of Abandoned. The Desamparados and the Divine Infant was canonically crowned on May 12, 1991 by the Papal Bull issued by the Holy See in December 1990.