Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Latin: Nostra Mater de Perpetuo Succursu) also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help and more formally as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour) is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary given by Pope Pius IX. It is associated with a celebrated Byzantine icon of the same name dating from the 15th century.
The esteemed icon has been in Rome since 1499, and is permanently enshrined in the Church of Sant'Alfonso Di Ligouri (Formerly the Augustinian Church of San Matteo), where the official Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help text is weekly recited. In the Eastern Orthodox Church this artistic iconography is known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion due to the Archangels surrounding the image.
The icon was entrusted to the Redemptorist Fathers (Founded by Saint Alphonsus Maria De Ligouri) from the Augustinian Friars in the year 1866 by Pope Pius IX
Due to the Redemptorist Priests who had been appointed as both custodians and missionaries of this icon by Pope Pius IX in 1865, the image has become very popular among Roman Catholics in particular, and has been very much copied and reproduced. Modern reproductions are sometimes displayed in homes, business establishments, and public transportation. The Redemptorist priests are the only religious order currently entrusted by the Holy See to protect and propagate a Marian religious work of art.Due to the overwhelming Philippine devotion to this Marian title, the image is also affectionately known as the Holy Virgin of Baclaran.
Today, Our Mother of Perpetual Help's solemn feast day is celebrated annually on June 27, with novena devotions held every Wednesday of the weeks of the year.
NOVENA AND PRAYERS:
Immaculate Mother to you do we plead to ask God our Father; for help in our need.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.
We pray for our country the land of our birth we pray for all nations, that peace on earth.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.
Priest: Brothers and sisters, as children of our Blessed Mother, we are gathered before her miraculous picture to honor her and to pray for our needs. Unworthy children that we are, let us first of all ask God’s mercy and pardon.
All: Merciful Father you sent your Divine Son to redeem us by his death and resurrection and to give us new life. By this you make us your children to love one another in Christ. How many times in the past we have forgotten this sublime dignity. We have sinned against our brothers and sisters; we have offended you. Merciful Father, forgive us. Repenting sincerely of our sins we ask your mercy; may we always live as your truly devoted children.
MARY IMMACULATE,STAR OF THE MORNING
I Mary Immaculate, star of the morning. Chosen before the creation began, Destined to bring through the light of your dawning, conquest of Satan and rescue to man.
CHORUS Bend from your throne at the voice of our crying. Look to this earth, where your footsteps have trod. Stretch out your arms to us, living and dying. Mary Immaculate, Mother of God.
II We, sinners, honor your sinless perfection; Fallen and weak, for God’s mercy we plead.
Grant us the shield of your mighty protection. Measure your aid by the depth of our need. (Repeat chorus)
Dear Mother of Perpetual Help from the cross Jesus gave you to us for our Mother. You are the kindness, the most loving of all mothers. Look tenderly on us your children as we now ask you to help us in all our needs especially this one…
(Pause to recall your petitions)
While you were on earth, dear Mother you willing shared in the sufferings of your Son. Strengthened by your faith and confidence in the fatherly love of God you accepted the mysterious designs of His Will. We too have our crosses and trials. Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground. Dearest Mother, share with us your abundant faith and confidence in God. Make us aware that God never ceases to love us; that He answers all our prayers in the way that is best for us. Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross in the footsteps of your Divine Son. Help us to realize that he who shares the cross of Christ will certainly share His resurrection. Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems let us not forget the needs of others. You always love others so much; help us to do the same. While praying for our own intentions and for all the intentions of all here present at this Novena we earnestly ask you, our Mother, to help us comfort the sick and the dying,give hope to the poor and unemployed,heal the brokenhearted,lighten the burden of the oppressed, teach justice to their oppressors and bring back to God all those who have offended Him. Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin which separates us from our heavenly Father and from one another. Full of trust in you, we place ourselves under the mantle of your maternal protection and confidently hope for your powerful help.
Amen. PRAYER FOR THE HOME
Mother of Perpetual Help, we choose you as Queen of our homes. We ask you to bless all our families with your tender motherly love. May the Sacrament of Marriage bind husbands and wives so closely together that they will always be faithful to each other and love one another as Christ love His Church. We ask you to bless all parents, may they love and cherish their children whom God has entrusted to them. May they always give them the example of a truly Christian life. Help them to bring up their children in the love and fear of God. Bless all children that they may love, honor, and obey their fathers and mothers. To your loving care we especially entrust the youth of today. Give us all a sense of responsibility that we may do our part in making our home, a haven of peace like your own home at Nazareth. We take you as our model. Help us to grow daily in genuine love of God and neighbor so that justice and peace may happily reign in the entire family of mankind.
PETITIONS TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Holy Mary PRAY FOR US
Holy Virgin conceived without sin PRAY FOR US
Our Mother of Perpetual Help PRAY FOR US
We sinners call to you LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be filled with the Holy Spirit and become courageous witnesses of Christ’s love for men. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be more and more like our Divine Lord, as you were. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be meek and humble of heart like your son, Jesus. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may fear losing God’s friendship forever by unrepented sin. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may seek Christ’s mercy and forgiveness constantly in the sacrament of Penance. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be aware of God speaking to us in the events of daily life. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may pray daily with love and trust, especially in moments of temptation. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may realize the value of worshipping God together in the Eucharist. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may grow in the love of Christ and neighbor by frequent Communion. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may reverence our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may strive to be true Christian by our loving concern for others. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may proclaim the dignity of work by doing our own work conscientiously. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may forgive from our heart those who have wronged us. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may see the evil of seeking our own interest at the expense of others. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may work for the just distribution of this world's goods. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may share our talents with others for the good of the community. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may accept our responsibility in the community in the spirit of genuine service. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
To pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and strengthen Pope Francis, the Bishops, and the clergy. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be blessed with an increase of priestly and religious vocations. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may bring the knowledge of Christ to those who do not know Him. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be aware of our dependence on God in the midst of human achievements. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may be ready at death to enter the home of our heavenly Father. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may die at peace with Christ and our fellowmen. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
That we may comforted at the death of our dear ones by our hope in the risen Lord. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
To pray that our departed brothers and sisters quickly share in your Son’s resurrection. LOVING MOTHER HELP US
(Let us pray in silence for our own intentions)
All: Holy Mary, help us in our needs pray for all the people of God; may all experience your perpetual help.
Priest: Lord, you gave us Mary to be our mother ever ready to help us; grant us the grace to have recourse to her in all our needs.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church you are also our Mother of Perpetual Help. With hearts full of love for you we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart so that we may be your devoted children. Obtain for us true sorrow for our sins and fidelity to the promises of our Baptism. We consecrate our minds and hearts to you that we always do the Will of our heavenly Father. We consecrate our lives to you that we may love God better and live not for ourselves but for Christ, your Son and that we may see Him and serve Him in others. By this humble act of consecration dear Mother of Perpetual Help we pledge to model our lives on you, the perfect Christian. So that, consecrated to you in life and in death we may belong to your Divine Son for all eternity.
MOTHER OF CHRIST
Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ, What shall I ask of thee? I do not sigh for the wealth of earth. For the joys that fade and flee.
But, Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ, This do I long to see. The bliss untold which your arms enfold. The treasure upon your knee.
Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ, I toss on a stormy sea. Oh, lift your Child as a beacon light to the port where I fain would be
And, Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ This do I ask of thee When the voyage is over O stand on the shore and show Him at last to me.
(THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IS NOW EXPOSED IN THE ALTAR,WHILE SINGING..)
O SALUSTARIUS OSTIA
O saving Victim opening wide the gate of heaven to men below! Our foes press on from every side Your aid supply,Your strength bestow. To your great name be endless praise. Immortal God-head, one in three Oh, grant us endless length of days in our true native land with thee.Amen
Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Most Blessed Eucharist we adore You. It has please the Father that in you all his fullness should dwell. And that through You He should reconcile all things to Himself. Grant us the grace to be truly grateful for all that our Father has done for us. Grant that we may be truly sorry for our sins and do penance for them. Through you, we thank the Eternal Father for the gift of life. He has created all the wonderful things of this world for us. May we learn to use them well so that through them we may grow in love for Him. Above all, we thank our Father for sending You to us as the greatest expression of His love to save us and all creation by Your death and resurrection. We thank you Lord, for giving us your own Mother, to be our Mother of Perpetual Help.May the countless favors we have received through her intercession, and especially through the Novena inspire us to greater confidence in God’s loving mercy and her perpetual help. Grant us that we may always do the holy Will of God and persevere in His love. To the most Holy Trinity Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be honor, glory and thanksgiving forever and ever.
PRAYER FOR THE SICK
Lord Jesus Christ, you bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows in order to show us clearly the value of human weakness and patience; graciously hear our prayers for the sick. Grant that those who are weighed down with pain and other affliction of illness, may realize that they are among the chosen ones whom you call Blessed. Help them to understand that they are united with You in your sufferings. For the salvation of the world.
LET US RAISE OUR VOICE
Let us raise our voice to proclaim our faith Christ the Lord for us has died. Dying,He destroyed our death, Rising,He restored our life. O Lord Jesus, we await your last return in glory.
When we eat the bread and we drink the cup in the blessed Eucharist We meet You, our Risen Savior giving life to us anew. Through life’s journey, be with us, to strengthen us forever.
V: You have given them bread from heaven R: The source of all happiness
LET US PRAY
Lord God, by the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Your only Son, You accomplish the work of man’s redemption. Full of trust, we proclaim the paschal mystery in the sacramental signs of the Eucharist. Help us to see ever growing in us the fruits of Your saving work through Christ Our Lord.
(THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IS NOW RAISED THEN PRAY WITH FAITH: MY LORD AND MY GOD)
THE DIVINE PRAISES
Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste Spouse. Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
(THE HOST INSIDE THE MONSTRANCE IS PLACED INSIDE THE TABERNACLE)
O SACRAMENT MOST HOLY
O Sacrament Most Holy O Sacrament Divine All praise and all thanksgiving Be every moment thine Be every moment thine.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.