Perpetual Novena to our Mother of Perpetual help

Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M. before Mass

Please join us in honouring our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede to our Lord Jesus for our intentions.

The icon seen shows the Blessed Virgin wearing a dress of dark red, representing the Passion of Jesus, with a blue mantle, representing her perpetual virginity, and cloaked veil, which represents her pure modesty. The Virgin Mary has a star on her forehead, signifying her role as Star of the Sea.

She is protecting Jesus with her arms around him. Her solemn face isn’t looking directly at him, but at us, the faithful. Mary is pointing at her son Jesus Christ, who is frightened by the instruments of crucifixion and is depicted with a fallen sandal. The Archangel Michael on the on the left, is carrying a lance and sponge and Archangel Gabriel on the right, is carrying a 3-bar cross and nails.  The letters beside each figure identify their names using the Greek alphabet.

 

BRIEF HISTORY:

The miraculous Picture of the Mother of Perpetual Help is of Eastern European origin, and was brought from Crete to Rome at the close of the 15th century. After the arrival in Rome, extraordinary events took place. One such event was the apparition of Our Lady to a little girl. The Mother of God told her favoured child that she wished to have her picture exposed for veneration between the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Between these two basilicas stood the Church of St. Mathew, served by the Augustinian Fathers. In this Church, the picture was enshrined, over the high Altar. There, the sacred image was venerated for three centuries (1499-1798). We do not know what title was given to it in Crete, but in Rome it was called “The Mother of Perpetual Help” because the Blessed Virgin, when giving the message to the little child said that she was “Holy Mary of Perpetual Help”.

In 1798, St. Mathew’s was destroyed by the French army and the Augustinians were able to hide the image, where it remained hidden until the year 1866. Meanwhile, a new Church was built by the Redemptorist Fathers almost on the very site of the old Church of St. Mathew’s. Through God’s Providence the miraculous Picture was discovered.

In the year 1866, Pope Pius IX recommended it to its former place of honour, and entrusted its guardianship to the Redemptorist Fathers. He commissioned the Redemptorists to spread everywhere devotion to the Picture. Our Mother of Perpetual Help, also known as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” and more formally as “Our Lady of Perpetual Succour”, is a title given to the “Blessed Virgin Mary” by Pope Pius IX.

DEVOTION:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been venerated, having been popularized among many cultures and under several titles in different languages. The public veneration of the picture has resulted in such striking miracles and marvels of grace that, within the space of a few years the devotion to our Lady of Perpetual Help has spread throughout the entire world. The solemn feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27th, with Novena Devotions held every Wednesday.

In recent times, God has clearly made known his will that His Blessed Mother should be still more widely known and honoured. The devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a tradition deep in the Catholic faith throughout the world.

“Holy Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us”

PRAYER TO THE LADY OF PERPERTUAL HELP

Mother of Perpetual Help, Woman of Eternal Hope, your wordless gaze tells us so much about you. Knowing eyes look upon us with tender love. The slight bend of your head reveals such maternal concern. While your left hand supports the Child, your right hand is ready to receive us, too. Just as He feels the beating of your heart, so you encourage us to lead a life of hope and holiness. Just as His sandal will fall on your lap, through your intercession may God pick us up as we stumble and fall. Never let us be parted from you and your son, Jesus. Lady of love, you invite us to place our hand where his fingers touch yours – near a heart of endless hope – so that we may be united often in prayer here on earth and joined forever with you in heaven. Amen.

 

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