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The miraculous image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

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Published by Perpetual Help Redemptorist Fathers in Liguori, Mo .
Written in English


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Statementby Raymond J. Spitzer.
The Physical Object
Pagination62 p. ;
Number of Pages62
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18638893M

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true stories of approved miraculous statues, paintings and images of Our Lady, spanning 2, years! These images have spoken, brought cures, given off fragrance, wept blood or tears, etc. Includes Our Lady of Guadalupe, Akita, Pompeii, Prompt Succor, Czestochowa, Perpetual Help, Montserrat, etc. Gives renewed confidence in Mary's care for us her children. We are indebted for most of the historical facts to the book, The Miraculous Image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, written by the American Redemptorist, Father Raymond J. Spitzer, in [ 2] Devotion to the icon dates back centuries. Basilica Of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. Shortly after the miraculous image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was restored to the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome, copies of the image were commissioned. THE MIRACULOUS ICON OF OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP The image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was venerated centuries ago in Crete, and from there sailed to Rome. Who cre- ated it or when, we don’t know.

  Of the countless portraits depict­ing the Madonna and Child there is none more widely venerated than that of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Facsimiles of this ancient icon can be found in almost every country throughout the entire world. In , the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was taken down from above the main altar to satisfy the many requests for new photographs of the icon. It was then that the serious state of deterioration of the image was discovered; the wood, as well as the paint, had suffered from environmental changes and prior attempts at restoration. The miraculous icon is painted on wood and measures about 20" in height (54 x centimeters) and depicts the Virgin Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion. Flowers and banners greeted Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Ap , and miracles attended her procession – including the cure of a four-year-old boy suffering from a brain illness. After 75 years, Our Mother of Perpetual Help had finally returned home. But Pius IX didn’t give the picture to the Redemptorists as a gift.

The image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help remained in the private possession of a Roman merchant and his family until when it was publicly displayed in the Church of St. Matthew in Rome between the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is an example of the Western influence on Eastern art. Especially in the 12th and 13th centuries, as Franciscans traveled through the eastern Mediterranean, this influence became evident in a new class of icons called Cardiotissa, from the Greek word kardia, which means heart.   Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a Byzantine icon that is believed to have its origin sometime during the 13th th century. The icon is known for being miraculous; over the centuries countless healings and special graces have been attributed to it, so much so that the image has been honored and venerated by many Popes. The sacred picture of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help” is fittingly venerated in this church named after the Marian Doctor of the church St. Alphonsus Liguori. It was he who wrote that great spiritual classic, The Glories of Mary. It is his sons, the Redemptorists, who are the .