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Since 1732, the Redemptorists — a congregation of missionary priests and brothers — have followed in Jesus’ footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned.
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Online Perpetual Help Novena: Day 1

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The background is a simple, unadorned field of gold. This is typical of Byzantine art. In early times, gold was the symbol of divinity. When the Roman emperors set themselves up to be worshiped as gods, gold was what they chose as an outward sign of their self-appointed divinity. In the Middle Ages, gold took on a symbolism that was more in keeping with the theme of the Perpetual Help picture. Gold became a figure of heaven and Mary came to be known as the Gate of Heaven.

Excerpted from The Perpetual Help Story, Liguori Publications, 1976; and The Story of an Icon by Fabriciano Ferrero, Redemptorist Publications, 2001.

 

Mother of Perpetual Help, your very name inspires confidence. We come before your holy picture in praise and thanksgiving to God, seeking your intercession with Jesus, your Son, for all the needs of our lives today.

You answered when called to be mother of our Lord.

You wondered as your Son grew in wisdom, knowledge and grace.

You delighted as your Son healed the sick.

You enjoyed peace as your Son comforted the afflicted.

You rejoiced as your Son forgave sins.

You suffered at the wounds your Son endured for our salvation.

You exulted in your Son’s resurrection.

You are the first of all the disciples and saints. We trust in your motherly love and care. Obtain for us all the graces we need to fulfill God’s plan each day of our lives.

Amen.