Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon

Names by Rev. Joseph Manton, C.S.S.R.

In ancient times when Greek artists painted a persons image, they frequently also wrote the name of the person on the painting itself. That is why on the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help there is inscribed, in a type of shorthand, "The Archangel Gabriel." [to the right of Mary's crown just above angel] As we know, Gabriel was God's most privileged messenger, the first to salute Mary as "full of grace" and "blessed among women." His opposite number, on the other side of the picture, [to the left of Mary's crown just above the angel] is identified as "The Archangel Michael," because for us to retain the little grace we have, we have need of this heavenly protector against the powers of darkness, those evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking our ruin.

There is also written, in large letters that flank Mary's crown, "Mother of God." [Above the previous mentioned letters on either side of the crown] This, Mary's Divine Motherhood, is the single strong pedastal on which all our devotion and all our invocation stand. She is a mother, and therefore human, and will be sympathetic with our human problems. But she is also the Mother of God, and therefore she has not only pity but also power! If any good mother has influences with any good son, what will not be the influence of the Best of Mothers with the Best of Sons? And that is why we come to her, sinful and sorrowful.

Mary can intercede for us but she cannot forgive our sins. She can do better than that - she can take us to her Son, and that is why it is also written in the Picture, above the Infant's head, "Jesus Christ." [just to the right of the Infant Jesus' head in small letters]

There was a kindergarten nun once, who was showing the picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to her class. "And what is the name of the Child in Mary's arm?! The very small boy answered "Jesus." "Good, but what is His last name?" "Mercy," said the lad, as though everybody knew that. "Where did you get that?" asked the nun. "Well, we always say, 'My Jesus Mercy,' don't we?"

Litany of Our Lady

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Heath of the sick,
Refuge os sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of peace,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

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

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that as we have know the Incarnation of Christ Your Son by the message of an angel, so, by His Passion and Cross, we may be brought to the glory of the Resurrection; through the same Christ, our Lord.

Amen.