TV Devotions by the Redemptorists
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Each year we mark the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help with a 9 day Novena between June 19th – 27th.
The original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is located at St. Alphonsus Church in Rome. She has been honored in that Church ever since Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon to the Redemptorists in 1866 with the message: “Make Her known throughout the world”. Today every Redemptorist community and parish around the world displays a copy of the icon and invites people to honor Mary under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
I invite you to look at the icon. Mary holds Jesus in her arms. Jesus’ two hands hold Mary’s hand. In the comfort of his Mother’s arms Jesus looks at the angels holding the instruments of the passion signifying the future event of his own death on the cross. And while the child Jesus takes comfort in his mother’s arms, Mary looks lovingly at each of us. She reminds us that as she cared for her Son Jesus then, she now cares for us in the day to day struggles of our own lives.
And while our focus is on remembering the names of the living; you can certainly include the names of the deceased also if you choose to do so.
You can join us in spirit as you pray the prayers privately at home or in your own parish church immediately before or after Mass.
In the midst of the Novena we celebrate a Triduum (3 evenings of Masses with guest preacher and choirs), celebrated at St. Patrick’s Shrine Church, Toronto. This will take place on June 23rd, 24th, and 25th. (For those in the Toronto area, check with St. Patrick’s Parish for the Mass times on June 23rd -25th.) (Call 416-598-3269).
Thank you for your generosity in helping us fulfill the call Pope Pius IX made to the Redemptorists 134 years ago to “Make Mary known throughout the world”.
In the Holy Redeemer,
Fr. Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.
Director, Perpetual Help TV Devotions