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OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS

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Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a tradition deep in the Catholic faith throughout the world. Prayers of intercession are often asked of the Blessed Virgin. Our Lady has several names in various other languages such as Perpetuo Succursu, Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Soccoro and Mother of Perpetual Succour.

History of the Icon

The earliest documented history of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help icon is sometime in the year 1495. People in Crete venerated Our Lady because numerous prayer requests had been granted to those who were devoted to her. There has been speculation on how a merchant from the island was able to acquire the icon. Regardless of how he had been able to do so, he brought the painting to Rome and fell ill soon after. His dying request to a Roman friend was to have the painting hung in a church as soon as possible. The merchant’s friend didn’t fulfill his promise until the Virgin appeared in his dream. She instructed him to carry out the last will of his deceased friend. She appeared to him in two subsequent dreams to persuade him to do so. The Virgin also emerged in his young daughter’s dream, telling her that the Blessed Mother wants to be placed in a church to be shown for veneration. The image was enshrined at the Church of St. Matthew the Apostle in Rome on March 27, 1499. Faithful devotees flocked to the church for the next 300 years.

While the Redemptorists were building a church in Rome in 1853, they discovered that the site of the new church was close to the Church of St. Mary Posterula, where the painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help used to be. A young priest, who had been a former altar boy at St. Mary of Posterula, remembered the painting’s history and its location. The Redemptorists appealed to Pope Pius IX for the image to be returned to the Blessed Virgin’s chosen site. The painting was relocated to the Church of St. Alphonsus on April 26, 1866.

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