Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Mother of Perpetual Help, are names assigned to the Blessed Virgin Mary. These particular titles refer a Byzantine painting which bears the same name. The famous painting has been displayed in Rome since the fifteenth century.
All Catholics are familiar with the Our Lady of Perpetual Help painting. It has been reproduced millions of times as prints, statues, novena icons, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help jewelry. Roman Catholics display the Our Lady of Perpetual Help icon in their homes, hoping the Blessed Mother will intercede for
them with her Son, Jesus. They also wear Our Lady of Perpetual Help medals and recite Our Lady of Perpetual Help prayers, showing their devotion to Our Lady.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Description
Depiction of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
† Mary wears a dark red dress
† A dark blue mantle and veil cover the dress
† The Archangel Michael is at the left holding the sponge and lance used during Jesus’ crucifixion.
† The Archangel Gabriel is on the right holding a three bar cross and nails.
† Mary is holding the child, Jesus, in her arms and she has a solemn expression on her face. She is looking straight ahead.
† Jesus looks afraid and has a sandal dangling from his foot and he is clinging to Mary for comfort.
† Greek initials at the top are translated: Mother of God, Michael Archangel, Gabriel Archangel, and Jesus Christ
† The background is gold, painted on a walnut panel.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Miracles
As the painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was carried in a procession to the Church of St. Alphonsus in 1866, two recorded miracles occurred:
† A four year old boy suffering for twenty days from brain hemorrhages and a gastric infection was close to death. When the painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help passed by his house, the boy’s mother held the boy up to the window. She cried, “O merciful Mother, heal my son or take him with you to Paradise!” Her prayers were answered and the boy was cured within a few days.
† An eight year old girl was paralyzed for four years. The painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was carried past her house and her Mother prayed to Our Lady to cure her daughter. At that instant, the girl regained partial movement in her legs. The girl’s mother brought her to St. Alphonsus Church prayed again for the Blessed Virgin to help her daughter. At that instant, the girl got up and walked by herself.