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MEDITATIONS for the MOPH – ICON [ Window into Heaven ]
In the Eastern world, religious art is seen as an extension of God’s presence in creation. Icons are much more than beautiful images: they’re meant to help us connect directly with God. And each element of an icon has a specific meaning. As you contemplate the icon, its beauty and meaning will slowly unfold before you. • Mary’s eyes, filled with compassion and love, are directed toward us. • Our Lady is clothed in the colors of virgins (red) and of mothers (blue). These are also royal colors. • Jesus, depicted as a young boy, wears the colors of a king. • The star on Mary’s veil reminds us that she is the dawn announcing the coming of Christ. • Our Lady’s hands hold her Son securely, and her right hand directs our gaze to Him. • The Christ Child grasps His mother’s hand as though He is frightened by what He sees. • In His hurry to reach His mother, Jesus has almost lost one of His sandals. He became human, like us, in all things but sin. • On Our Lady’s left and right we see the reasons for Jesus’ fear. On the right is the Archangel Gabriel, holding a cross and four nails. On the left is the Archangel Michael, holding a lance, a pole with a sponge, and a vessel of vinegar. This vision of the instruments of the crucifixion has driven the Child to His mother’s protective embrace. • Yet Mary’s gaze is fixed on us, her children on earth. She is our source of constant comfort and hope.
A PRAYER FOR OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Most holy Virgin Immaculate, our perpetual help, my Mother Mary: you are the mother of my Lord; the queen of the universe; the advocate, the hope, and the refuge of sinners. I, who am in great need of your Son’s grace, have recourse this day to you. I am most grateful for the many graces you have bestowed upon me in the past. I place in you my prayers for my eternal salvation. Accept me as your child and shelter me under your mantle, you who are the mother of mercy. From you I ask for a true love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Through you, I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love you bear to Almighty God, I pray that you assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Mary, conceived without sin, continue to be my Mother of Perpetual Help. Pray for Us, Amen.
A novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help: “Pray for Us”
A novena is a traditional series of Catholic prayer that continues for nine days and is intended to ask for a particular favor or blessing—or to give thanks for blessings received.
The novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is prayed weekly around the world. To make the novena, pray the three prayers below (each followed by three Hail Mary’s) for nine consecutive days.
June 27 is Mary’s feast day under the title Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and every year we begin a special novena to her around that time. Of course, Mary is always listening, so the novena can be prayed at any time of year.
FIRST NOVENA PRAYER
Behold at your feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help, a wretched sinner who has recourse to you and conﬁdes in you. (Lk2:22-35;…and the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.) O’ Mother of Mercy, have pity on me. I hear you called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners. Be then my refuge and my hope. Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ. Stretch forth your hand to a miserable fallen creature who recommends himself to you and who devotes himself to your service forever. I bless and thank Almighty God, Who in His mercy has given me this confidence in you, which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation. It is true, dearest Mother, that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin because I had not recourse to you. I know that with your help I shall conquer. I know too that you will assist me if I recommend myself to you, but I fear, dear Mother, that in time of danger I may neglect to call on you and thus lose my soul. This grace, then, I ask of you, and this I beg with all the fervor of my soul, that in all the attacks of hell, I may ever have recourse to you. O Mary, help me! O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God. Pray for us. Amen. Pray three Hail Mary’s.
2ND NOVENA PRAYER
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O purest Mary! O sweetest Mary! Let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on you, for in all my temptations, in all my needs, I shall never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary! Mary! O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion ﬁlls my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only thinking of you. I thank the Lord for having given you, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you, Mother of Perpetual Help. Pray for for us. Pray three Hail Mary’s.
3RD NOVENA PRAYER
O Mother of Perpetual Help, you are the dispenser of all the gifts which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this end He has made you so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful in order that you may help us in our misery. You are the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners who have recourse to you. Come to my aid, dearest Mother, for I recommend myself to you. In your hands I place my eternal salvation and to you I entrust my soul. Count me among your most devoted servants; take me under your protection, and it is enough for me. For if you protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing: not from my sins because you will obtain for me the pardon of them, nor from the devils because you are more powerful than all hell together, nor even from Jesus, my Judge, because by one prayer from you, He will be appeased. But one thing I fear—that in the hour of temptation I may through negligence fail to have recourse to you and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me, therefore, the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace to have recourse to you, O Mother of Perpetual Help. “Pray for Us. Pray three Hail Mary’s.
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“Wisdom, let us Be attentive…” Mary of Jesus, of Agreda – #1 “ I confess to thee (Mt11:25), and magnify thee, King Most High, that in thy exalted Majesty Thou hast hidden these High Mysteries from the wise and from the teachers, and in thy condescension has revealed them to me, the most insignificant, useless slave of thy Church, so that Thy Glory be more admired”.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Or OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP “fyi”
The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor is painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively. It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of St. Augustine who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (1812) and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its discovery in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula.
The Pope Pious IX, as a boy had prayed before the picture in San Matteo, became interested in the discovery and in a letter dated 11 Dec., 1865 to Father General Mauron, C.SS.R., ordered that Our Lady of Perpetual Succour should be again publicly venerated in Via Merulana, and this time at the new church of St. Alphonsus. The ruins of San Matteo were in the grounds of the Redemptoris Convent This was but the first favor of the Holy Father towards the picture. He approved of the solemn translation of the picture (26 April, 1866), and its Coronation by the Vatican chapter (23 June, 1867). He fixed the feast as duplex secundae classis, on the Sunday before the Feast of the Most holy Innocence of St. John the Baptist , and by a decree dated May, 1876, approved of a special office and Mass for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer This favor later on was also granted to others. Learning that the devotion to Our Lady under this title had spread far and wide, Pius IX raised a confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor and St. Alphonsus, which had been erected in Rome, to the rank of an arch-confraternity and enriched it with many privilege and indulgences. He was among the first to visit the picture in its new home, and his name is the first in the register of the arch-confraternity. Two thousand three hundred facsimiles of the Holy Picture have been sent from St. Alphonsus’s church in Rome to every part of the world. At the present day not only altars, but churches and dioceses (e.g. in England, Leeds and Middles-borough; in the United States Savannah) are dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Succor. In some places, as in the United States the title has been translated Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
APA citation. Magnier, J. (1911). Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved December 28, 2018 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11699b.ht
Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.
Since the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1732, many of its members have been declared blesseds or saints. Click the links to learn more about each of these holy men.
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