|Religious Icon Our Lady of Perpetual Succour|
This is one of the Icons I am writing for the exhibition at the Black Swan, Binalong NSW which will run during October to December 2013.
This is an Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, know also as Our Lady of Perpetual Help or The Madonna of the Passion, I have spent 50 hours in the preparation of this beautiful Icon and five others of the Mother and Child Jesus.
This Icon is based on the Icon written by Saint Luke. It is in Rome in the care of the Redempetorist Fathers. My husband and I attend Mass on a regular basis at the Redemporist Monastery, St Clements, at Galong NSW. It is a privilege and a great grace to join with the Fathers in their prayers on Saturday morning in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Help).
The esteemed icon has been in Rome since 1499, and is permanently enshrined in the church of Sant'Alfonso di Liguori in the Esquiline Hill. is known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion due to the Archangels surrounding the image.
The Redemptorist priests are the only religious order currently entrusted by the Holy See to protect and propagate a Marian religious work of art.
Today, Our Lady of Perpetual Help's solemn feast day is celebrated annually on June 27.