Our Lady of Good Counsel
Feastday April 26
The devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel originated near Rome, where for centuries, an Augustinian Church, which contains a miraculous image of Mary, has been a place of pilgrimage.
Your earthly pilgrimage is beset with many dangers.
Go to your Heavenly Mother with childlike confidence and abandonment. Entrust yourself to her prudent guidance,
Records dating from the reign of Paul II (1464-71) relate
The venerated icon itself,
At once devotion to Our Lady in Santa Maria sprang up;
In July following, the Pope deputed two bishops to investigate the alleged wonder-working image. The devotion to Our Lady increased.
The reigning pontiff at the time, Pope Paul II (1464-1471), ordered an immediate and thorough investigation into the miraculous nature of the image and the events surrounding its arrival in Genazzano.
The original painting entitled Mother of Good Counsel is in the Augustinian Church in Genazzano, Italy.
1) The painting which had been done
2) This thin layer of porcelain or plaster stands upright without any support of any kind
3) The image had indeed disappeared from its church of origin
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In 1630 Urban VIII himself went to Genazzano on a pilgrimage,
On 17 November, 1682, Innocent XI had the picture crowned with gold by the Vatican Basilica.
In 1727 Benedict XIII granted the clergy of Genazzano
On 2 July, 1753, Benedict XIV approved of the
In the United States there are many churches and institutions
All of Italy came to visit the blessed image;
So great was the number of healings that a notary was appointed
Many pilgrims visit the church in Genazzano,
Countless miracles have been attributed
Prayer of Pope Pius XII
Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty
Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error so that they may not be seduced by evil
Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from Thy Divine Son
Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm
Prayer image: Prayer image: Given by St Vincent Pallotti in Rome to Fr Roderindo Salvado, later Bishop Salvardo, the founder of New Norcia Abbey.