A procession in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Granada, Spain.
Sub tuum praesidium, the oldest known prayer to Mary. This plain chant redition is sung by the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Under thy protection we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our needs, but from all dangers deliver us always, Virgin glorious and blessed.
O Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me. My protector, Saint Alphonsus, make it so that in all my needs I have recourse to Mary.
A short prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Alphonsus Liguori. I was baptised, confirmed and received my first Holy Communion in a Redemptorist church, so this is close to my heart!
The shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the church of Corpus Christi in Covent Garden, London.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, an image of Mary venerated all over the world.
The original icon is of Greek origin and has been in Rome since the late 15th century. It is currently kept in the church of St Alphonsus, near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
SS. Vergine della Consolata
A holy card of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Consolation in Turin, Italy.
Among the simple faithful are found many times good souls who have such an exalted idea of Mary that they experience towards her the greatest possible transport of devotion and fervor imaginable. For them, Mary is an object to which nothing can stand comparison, to which everything in creation is inferior. They know well that God is above everything, but as if not daring to treat with Him about domestic matters they turn their eyes to Mary and they attribute to her all that is great, beautiful, amiable and holy that they are able to express or imagine; from this comes the transport of lively warm hearted affections towards her, the promptness and confidence with which they have recourse to her in every trouble and difficulty; from this source comes the eagerness and joy to celebrate all her feasts, to take part in all the practices that redound to her honour and glory.
- St Joseph Cafasso
A vintage postcard of the high altar in the basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice in Turin, Italy.
Reblogging this for the wonderful comments by carpeumbra:
The statue of Our Lady Help of Christians in the church of Maria Auxiliadora in Ronda, Spain.
So here’s a key distinction that I was talking about earlier, about Catholicism in Spanish vs English.
Maria Auxiliadora is her name in Spanish. Or just La Auxiliadora. Do you know what that accurately translates to in English, within context? Mary the Helper, or The Helper (female conjugation).
In other words, the title does not imply Mary only helps Christians. No. Mary helps everyone, without exception. She is who the people turn to when they are weak in faith, when they are filled with doubt, when they question God’s mercy due to seemingly endless pain and suffering and fear.
But of course, it’s different. Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula are culturally Catholic regions, unlike the United States which is culturally Protestant. In my Colombia, The Virgin Mary was declared by the Order of Boyaca (oldest and most prestigious military order of Colombia) to be the Supreme General of the Colombian Armed forces, it was no longer an institutionally Catholic country only since the 90’s, and indeed the President still is involved in the reconsecration ceremony every year of the whole country to the Sacred Heart, and so forth. Just as a singular example.
So there is a reason why this term is different, but all the same, the fact the English speaking world CORRECTS me when I say “Mary the Helper” with “No, it’s Mary Help of Christians”, almost spitting out the word “Christian” with indignant vitriol, is disappointing.
Almost a disgrace to Our Mother.
(Source: Flickr / jmrico25)
Madonna della Salute
The statue of Our Lady of Health in the church of San Camillo in Acireale, Italy.
It is not given to us to grasp here below who Mary is or to comprehend the loftiness of her vocation, the sublimity of her state, the eminent degree of her virtue, the greatness of her glory, the power of her arm. It would be necessary to know Who God is, in order to know what God has operated in Mary.
- St Joseph Cafasso