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Friday, June 27, 2008

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

June 27th marks the Feast Day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help


What’s a Feast Day?

"Feast Days, or Holy Days, are days which are celebrated in commemoration of the sacred mysteries and events recorded in the history of redemption in memory of the Virgin Mother of Christ, or of His apostles, martyr’s and saints, by special services and rest from work. A feast not only commemorates an event or person but also serves to excite the spiritual life by reminding us of the event it commemorates."
-Catholic Encyclopedia

I’ll probably never be able to explain why this particular feast day and image are important to me. I just know that they are. Although this is a minor celebration within the yearly liturgical calender, it’s still one of the many beautiful days where the Church provides us time to remember our very real need for Jesus. Perhaps the best and most grace-filled way to Jesus is through intercession of our Mother Mary. This painting (icon) was originally completed in the 13th century on the Mediterranean island of Crete. Symbolic icons are a key way to remind us of our faith and the story behind this icon is a fascinating one. Learn more:

George Harrison’s collection of demo’s entitled Beware of Abko included a song entitled "Mother Divine". This is a very hard to find recording session and is only available as a Japanese import. Let me know if you find a digital download for purchase.

A simple prayer:

Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and God's mercy is from age to age on those who love God. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.

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