Bold in color, this statue was fashioned after the Our Lady of Perpetual Help 15th century Byzantine icon. This regal depiction of the Queen of Heaven and her Divine Child, whom she holds and comforts, is exquisitely painted with soft, lifelike features and elegant lines. This Marian statue makes a wonderful gift for anyone with devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
Resin/Stone Mix. 12.75" H x 4"W x 3.13"D.
June 27 is the feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, who is known for miracles and answers to prayer. It is associated with a 15th-century Byzantine icon of the Madonna and Child, in which Mary comforts the Child Jesus as he turns in fear from the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who brandish the instruments of the passion.
The tradition of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is traced back to 1495. The image was stolen from a monastery on Crete a few years after its creation, and was brought to the church of St. Matthew in Rome. For 300 years, it resided at the church, and even survived the church’s destruction by Napoleon’s army in 1798. 88 years later, Pope Pius IX gave the icon to the Redemptorist congregation at the Church of Saint Alphonsus Liguori in Rome, where it remains today.
Since then, devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help has spread and become universal. Thousands of copies of the painting have been spread all over the world. There is a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, known for its perpetual name because it is celebrated on a fixed day (usually on Wednesdays) of all weeks of the year.
Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying.
O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips.
Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary.
O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion fill my soul when I pronounce thy sacred name, or even only think of thee.
I thank God for having given thee for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.
But I will not be content with merely pronouncing thy name: let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen.