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Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help

 

   

 Feastday June 27

 

 

Hymn to Our Lady 

Remember Holy Mary, twas never heard or known,
That anyone who sought thee and made to thee his moan,
That any one who hastened for shelter to thy care,
Was ever yet abandoned and left to his despair.

And so to thee my Mother with filial faith I call,
For Jesus dying gave thee as Mother to us all.
To thee O Queen of Virgins, O Mother meek, to thee
I run with trustful fondness, like child to mother's knee.

See at thy feet a sinner, groaning and weeping sore.
Ah, throw thy mantle over me and let me stray no more.
Thy Son has died to save me, and from His throne on high
His heart this moment yearns for one even such as I.

All His love remember, and oh, remember too,
How prompt I am to purpose, how slow and frail to do,
Yet scorn not my petitions but patiently give ear,
And help me, O My Mother, most loving and most dear.

The Mother of Perpetual Help Image


The history of this image goes back to the earliest years
of the Christian era, probably the second century
on the island of Crete.
There is a long history of one particular icon - the original -
and of the devotion to Mary under this title
which was encouraged in Rome
from the end of the 15th Century.

 

The Story Within the Icon

The Greek letters (MP QY) near Mary's crown are a shortened form of the Greek words for Mother of God.
The angel with the lance, reed and sponge is the Archangel Michael. The Archangel Gabriel holds the cross and nails.
The letters beside Jesus are a shortened form of Jesus Christ.
Jesus the child appears fearful clasping His mother
but looking in a frightened manner
at the instruments of the passion.
The loosened sandal indicates that his trembling
has shaken the clasp from it.
Mary holds her child in a protecting manner
but while she cares for him her eyes are upon us.
The icon speaks to us in different ways but it invites us
to see Mary as our help always as she protects her Son,
the Church and us. Mary calls us to her Son
to lead us to our God in heaven.
June 27th is celebrated  as the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,

you have been blessed and favored by God.

You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer

but the 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 His mercy is from age to age on those who love Him.

Our greatest fear is that in time of temptation,

we may fail to call out to you, and become lost children.

Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins,
love for Jesus, final perseverance,
and the grace always to call upon you,

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

Amen.

 

 

 

HYMN

Mother dear, O pray for me!
Whilst far from heav'n and thee.
I wander in a fragile bark,
O'er life's tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
So bright in bliss above.
Protect thy child and cheer my path
With thy sweet smile of love.


Mother dear, O pray for me!
Should pleasure's siren lay.
E'er tempt thy child to wander far
From Virtue's path away.
When thorns beset life's devious way,
And darkling waters flow.
Then Mary aid thy weeping child,
Thyself a mother show.


Mother dear, remember me!
And never cease thy care,
'Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.

 

 

My Two Mothers ©    by Mary T. Meier

A personal account of the intervention of
Our Mother of Perpetual Help


Above you see two very precious items that I carry always with me.
They are over 50 years old. My mother Juanita, who has gone to be with Jesus,
gave these to me when I was expecting my second child.
Juanita brought eight children into this world.
Before I was born, she prayed fervently to Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
asking our heavenly Mother’s intervention, that her next child might be a girl.
She’d already had five boys!
She longed for a little girl and gave her solemn promise to our Blessed Mother
to name the child Mary.

Soon she was expecting again.
She carried with her the tiny pocket rosary, and as she went about her motherly duties,
she confidently offered the prayer you see on this tattered and worn little card. 

Each year, on my birthday, I take out the tiny tin icon, and run my fingers over it.
It is as if a relic of my own Mother’s faith.
It is tangible evidence that my Mother was as much a heavenly gift to me,
as my arrival on earth was to her.
She bequeathed a devotion to Our Lady to me,
teaching me always to run with confidence to my heavenly Mother,
as easily and with as much trust as I came to her. 

You see, I was born on June 27th, the  feastday of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
I am the first of only 2 girls born to our large family.
And my name is Mary.
 

 

 

The Prayer to Our Lady
(from the card)

O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may always
invoke thy most powerful name.
For thy name is help in life, salvation in death.
Ah, Mary most pure, Mary most sweet,
let thy name henceforth be the breath of my life.
Tarry not O Lady to come to my help whenever I call upon thee:
for in all the wants which shall befall me,
I will never cease to call upon thee,
and to repeat again and again: Mary, Mary!
What comfort, what sweetness, what confidence does my soul
feel at the very mention of thy name.
In the very thought of thee, I thank the Lord for having given thee
for my good this name so sweet, so amiable, so powerful.
But merely to pronounce thy name is not enough for me.
I will do so out of love: I wish that love may remind me
to call thee always my Mother of Perpetual Help.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music, Mother Dear O Pray for Me, David Phillips arrangement