Our Lady of Perpetual Help is patron saint of Haiti

Celebrate the Marion Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on June 27. Her next feast is Thursday, June 27, 2019.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a 15th-century icon, originally from Crete, a main source of religious imagery in Europe at the time. Renowned Spanish painter El Greco was initially trained in the style of the Cretan school.

The icon came from the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery in Crete, Greece, but has been in Rome, Italy at the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana since 1499.

Patroness of Almoradi, Spain

In 1918, a mother in Almoradi, Spain fed her sick son some silk which had been touched to the icon in Rome. His respiratory infection was immediately cured. Pope Pius XII confirmed her patronage in 1945.

Patroness of Haiti

Haitians credit Our Lady of Perpetual Help with performing miracles during a cholera and smallpox outbreak in 1882. She was confirmed patroness of Haiti in 1942 under Pope Pius XII.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Restoration

The icon was restored in 1866 and 1990.

The icon Our Lady of Perpetual Help before her 1866 restoration.

The icon Our Lady of Perpetual Help before her 1866 restoration.

Carbon dating during the second restoration placed the icon’s creation between 1325 – 1480.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New York City

New York City has several churches devoted to Our Lady.

Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

526 59th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
(at Fifth Avenue)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

(718) 492-9200

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

526 East 29th St, Brooklyn, NY 11210
(at Foster Avenue)
East Flatbush, Brooklyn

(718)492-9022


 


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