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My Life In Prayer

Complete Prayer Book
DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP.
TRIDUO

FIRST DAY




DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

The miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which had been an object of devotion on the Island of Crete, was brought from thence to Rome, where for three centuries, it was venerated in the Church of St. Matthew. This Church was destroyed during the French Revolution, and the picture was forgotten for 60 years, until, on the 26th of April 1866, it was, by order of the Holy Father, Pius IX, again exposed to public veneration in the Church of the Redemptorist Fathers, dedicated to St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

From that day the popular devotion towards the holy Picture has spread all over the world; and by means of it the Blessed Virgin has bestowed many graces on her devout clients. The Chapter of St. Peter's crowned the holy Image with a golden diadem, on the 23rd of June 1867.

TRIDUO.

FIRST DAY.

Behold at thy feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help! a miserable sinner who has recourse to thee, and confides in thee. O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me. I hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners; be then my refuge and my hope. Assist me for the love of Jesus Christ; stretch forth thy hand to a miserable wretch, who has fallen and who recommends himself to thee, and who consecrates himself to be thy servant forever. I bless and thank Almighty God, Who, by His mercy has given me this confidence in thee, which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation. It is true, that in past times I have miserably fallen into sin, because I had not recourse to thee. I know that with thy help I will be able to conquer. I know, too, that thou wilt assist me if I recommend myself to thee; but I fear that in the time of danger I may neglect to call on thee, and thus lose my soul. The grace, therefore, which I ask of thee, and for which I beg with all the fervor of my soul, is that in all the attacks of hell, I may ever have recourse to thee, and say to thee: O Mary, help me; O Mother of Perpetual Help, never permit me to lose my God.

Five Hail Marys.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

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

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who has given us Thine own Mother Mary, whose glorious image we venerate, to be our Mother ever ready to come to our help; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, unceasingly imploring her motherly help, may merit always to experience the fruit of Thy Redemption, Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.











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