"Today marks the 150th anniversary of the enthronement of the original icon
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the shrine in Rome. Since 1865, the Redemptorists all over the world have brought this icon into the lives of the faithful. Br. Ako Walker, C.Ss.R. explores the deep symbolic meanings depicted in this beautiful miraculous image."
The times that we live in. Paper reproductions of art are everywhere and easily disposed of when interest wanes,
I found my icon copy (below) completely abandoned at Goodwill- what a sad sight. How could I not take this one into my home and heart?
When the Herald newspaper photographer came to my home to take pictures, you can see that he captured this same print now proudly displayed. See it peaking out from the left top of the photograph?
The MPH Icon in Homes today:
Photos sent from readers:
Reader shared: "I found my little gem at goodwill too! 5 3/4 by 7 1/4". It is a smaller one. Here is a better close up where you can see the guilded wooden frame.I also have this little booklet which I'm sure I got from my mom! It explains the history and meaning of everything. Very nice."
Reader shared: "I think I found mine at Goodwill, too, many, many years ago. Sadly, she oversees our dusty, dirty basement. Not much better than a Goodwill for the dignity of Our Lady. I am ashamed. I guess our basement needs her love and protection.
One thing, my kids were always afraid of the basement when they were little. I thought that they grew out of their fear with age but maybe it was OLPH protection that ended their fear.
In my defense, or perhaps to further indict my lack of character, I also have an oil on canvas family portrait hanging in my basement behind the furnace. I show no respect for those that I love the most." (I am in stitches laughing).
EVEN The original icon was also neglected at intervals in its history:
Lost and Found: a page about the original icon. Click on page to enlarge.
From Orthodox Wiki "The Theotokos of the Passion is one of the most recognized icons of the Mother of God (Theotokos). Traditionally, it is said to be one of the icons [the prototype of] painted by St. Luke the Evangelist, and it is known in the Western Churches (primarily the Roman Catholic Church) as Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The icon's commemoration is celebrated on April 30 since 1641. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates this memorial on June 27."
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