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Our Lady of  Divine Providence



November 19 Feast day


 Through her motherly prayers, Mary can influence the design
of Divine Providence in our regard.
Her intercession with God is more powerful than that of the Saints.
When Jesus entrusted you to the care of His Mother,
He gave her to you to be your very own.
She proves her motherly love for you
by providing for your spiritual and temporal needs.
Appeal to your Mother of Divine Providence,
for she both understands your needs
and is most willing to help you

O Lord God, be kind to us who approach Your Throne of Grace
with confidence, that by the intercession
of the most loving Mother of Divine Providence,
we may obtain mercy and find help when we need it,
through Christ our Lord.  Amen


The name and honor of Our Lady of the Divine Providence
originated in Italy in the thirteenth century.
It was a very popular devotion which later passed to Spain,
where a shrine was built in Tarragona, Catalonia.

When Gil Esteve Tomas, a Catalan was named bishop of Puerto Rico,   brought with him this devotion
which he had become acquainted with during his seminary years.
The bishop had to place his diocese
in the hands of Divine Providence,
for he found the cathedral nearly in ruins
and the finances of the diocese in similar condition.

The bishop's trust and work bore fruit quickly; in less than five years
the cathedral church had been restored,
and immediately devotion of the Virgin of Providence
was established there.

The original image, venerated by the Servants of Mary,
and other Italian religious orders and saints,
 was a beautiful oil painting in which the Virgin is shown
with the Divine Child sleeping peacefully in her arms.

The title "Of Divine Providence" has been attributed
to St. Philip Benicio, fifth superior of the Servants of Mary.

On a day when his friars had nothing to eat,
having invoked the help of the Virgin,
he found, at the door of the convent, two baskets full of food
whose origin could not be found.

The image that Don Gil Esteve ordered was carved in Barcelona according to the prevailing taste.
It is a handsome seated figure, made to be dressed,
and it was in the Cathedral 67 years, until 1920 when it was replaced
by a magnificent all wood carving,
which is the image of Our Lady of Divine Providence
most familiar and best known to the Puerto Rican communities.


Mary leans over the Child, who in an attitude of complete trust
sleeps peacefully on her lap.
The Virgin's hands are folded in prayer
 while she gently supports her Son's left hand.
The whole carving suggests tenderness, abandonment,
devotion and peace.



 Pope Paul VI, by a decree signed on November 19, 1969,
declared Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence
principal patroness of the island of Puerto Rico.
In this document it was also decreed that the Virgin's solemnity
be transferred from January 2 to November 19,
the day that the island was discovered.
The intention was to join together the two great loves
of the Puerto Ricans: love of their gorgeous island
and love for the Mother of God.
The oldest carving, which dates from 1853,
was the one chosen to be solemnly crowned
during the meeting of the Latin American Bishops Council,
that took place in San Juan de Puerto Rico on November 5, 1976.
On the eve of this event, the image was vilely burnt
 in the Parish of Little St. Therese in Santurce.
And in this condition, the image was crowned
amid the emotion and tears of thousands of her children
and in the presence of cardinals, archbishops and bishops
 from all Latin America.
The burnt statue was sent to Spain to be restored
and is presently awaiting the construction
of the projected grand national sanctuary, where it will be placed.

Our Mother of Divine Providence is the Patroness of Puerto Rico.



O Mary, Mother of Divine Providence,
you sit as Queen at the right hand of your Son.
 You aid the Church in her needs and with maternal care
provide for the personal needs of us, her children,
who were entrusted to you at the foot of the Cross by Jesus, our Lord.
I implore you to remove from us whatever is harmful,
evil or destructive, and bestow on us only that which is helpful,
holy and loving. I ask you this through Christ, our Lord.




God the Creator of heaven and Earth, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Most Holy Trinity, Divine Providence, have mercy on us.
Our Lady of Providence, mother of grace and mercy, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, help of the sick, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, hope of the oppressed, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, star of the sea, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, tower of David, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, gate of heaven, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, queen of the home, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, model of disciples, pray for us.
Our Lady of Providence, mother of the Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Pray for us, Our Lady of Divine Providence,

that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.







 My daughter and her husband were fortunate
to be able to travel to Puerto Rico for their Honeymoon,
and were blessed to see in person,
this beautiful statue of Our Lady of Providence (which is very large)
and to bring this beautiful image to me.