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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Also known as

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

About

The picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is painted on wood, with background of gold. It is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively.

It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of Saint Augustine, who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress.

These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome, Italy in 1812 and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its discovery in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula. The pope, Pius IX, who as a boy had prayed before the picture in San Matteo, became interested in the discovery and in a letter dated 11 Dececember 1865 to Father General Mauron, C.SS.R., ordered that Our Lady of Perpetual Succour should be again publicly venerated in Via Merulana, and this time at the new church of Saint Alphonsus. The ruins of San Matteo were in the grounds of the Redemptorist Convent. This was but the first favour of the Holy Father towards the picture. He approved of the solemn translation of the picture (26 April 1866), and its coronation by the Vatican Chapter (23 June 1867). He fixed the feast as duplex secundae classis, on the Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, and by a decree dated May 1876, approved of a special office and Mass for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. This favour later on was also granted to others. Learning that the devotion to Our Lady under this title had spread far and wide, Pius IX raised a confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Saint Alphonsus, which had been erected in Rome, to the rank of an arch-confraternity and enriched it with many privileges and indulgences. He was among the first to visit the picture in its new home, and his name is the first in the register of the arch-confraternity.

Two thousand three hundred facsimiles of the Holy Picture have been sent from Saint Alphonsus's church in Rome to every part of the world. At the present day not only altars, but churches and dioceses (e.g. in England, Leeds and Middlesbrough; in the United States, Savannah) are dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. In some places, as in the United States, the title has been translated Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Patronage

• Haiti
• archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
• diocese of Buxar, India
• diocese of Hallam, England
• diocese of Leeds, England
• diocese of Middlesbrough, England
• diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota
• diocese of Salina, Kansas
• diocese of Savannah, Georgia
• Labrador City, Labrador
• Yorkton, Saskatchewan
• Porto Cesareo, Italy

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http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-perpetual-help/


Martyrs Killed Under Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe

Profile

Among the thousands of Christians murdered by various Communist regimes in their hatred of the faith, there were 25 members of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Russian Byzantine Catholic Church, priests, bishops, sisters and lay people, whose stories are sufficiently well documented that we know they were murdered specifically for their faith in eastern Europe, and whose Causes for Canonization were opened. Their Causes were combined, and they were beatified together. They have separate memorials, but are remembered together today. They are -

• Andrii Ischak • Hryhorii Khomyshyn • Hryhorii Lakota • Ivan Sleziuk • Ivan Ziatyk • Klymentii Sheptytskyi • Leonid Feodorov • Levkadia Harasymiv • Mykola Konrad • Mykola Tsehelskyi • Mykolai Charnetskyi • Mykyta Budka • Oleksa Zarytskyi • Ol'Ha Bida • Ol'Ha Matskiv • Petro Verhun • Roman Lysko • Stepan Baranyk • Symeon Lukach • Vasyl Vsevolod Velychkovskyi • Volodomyr Bairak • Volodymyr Ivanovych Pryima • Yakym Senkivsky • Yosafat Kotsylovskyi • Zenon Kovalyk

Beatified

27 June 2001 by Pope John Paul II in Ukraine

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-killed-under-communist-regimes-in-eastern-europe/


Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Profile

Nephew of Theophilus the Patriarch. Monk. Priest. Bishop and patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt on 18 October 412. Suppressed the Novatians. Worked at the Council of Ephesus. Fought against Nestorius who taught the heresy that there were two persons in Christ. Catechetical writer. Wrote a book opposing Julian the Apostate. Greek Father of the Church. Doctor of the Church.

Born

376 at Alexandria, Egypt

Died

• 444 at Alexandria, Egypt of natural causes
• relics in Alexandria

Patronage

Alexandria, Egypt

Representation

• book, pen or scroll, indicative of his work as a writer
• Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus, representing his advocacy of the doctrine of Mary as Mother of God

Storefront

medals and pendants

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Readings

By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in him. Therefore, He asked His Father "that they may all be One as We also are one." - Saint Cyril of Alexandria

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord's disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers. The divinely inspired Scriptures affirm that the Word of God was made flesh, that is to say, he was united to a human body endowed with a rational soul. He undertook to help the descendants of Abraham, fashioning a body for himself from a woman and sharing our flesh and blood, to enable us to see in him not only God, but also, by reason of this union, a man like ourselves. It is held, therefore, that there is in Emmanuel two entities, divinity and humanity. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ is nonetheless one, the one true Son, both God and man; not a defied man on the same footing as those who share the divine nature by grace, but true God who for our sake appeared in human form. We are assured of this by Saint Paul's declaration: "When the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. - from a letter by Saint Cyril of Alexandria

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cyril-of-alexandria/


Saint Ferdinand of Aragon

Also known as

• Ferdinand of Caiazzo
• Ferdinando of...

Additional Memorials

• 29 April (procession in Alvignano, Italy)
• 29 October (Caiazzo, Italy)
• 3rd Sunday in July (Dragoni, Italy)

Profile

Born to the royal family of Aragon, Spain, and the rulers of the two Sicilies, the fourth child of King Sancho III and Elvisa, Countess of Castile. Ferdinand was early drawn to religious and contemplative life. Hermit in the forest near Caiazzo, Italy where he became renowned in the region for his piety. Had the gift of healing by prayer. Fifth bishop of Caiazzo. Died while on pilgrimage.

Born

1030 in Aragon, Spain

Died

• 27 June 1082 in Alvignano, Italy of a fever
• buried at the church of Santa Maria di Cubulteria in Alvignano
• relics enshrined in an urn under as statue of Ferdinand at the church San Sebastiano Martire in Alvignano
• legends says that anytime people tried to return his relics to his see city of Caiazzo, Italy, the pack animals would refuse to move; they knew he belonged in Alvignano

Patronage

• Alvignano, Italy
• Dragoni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ferdinand-of-aragon/


Saint Arialdus of Milan

Also known as

Arialdo

Profile

Well-educated deacon in the archdiocese of Milan, Italy. Taught at the cathedral school of Milan. Led the Pataria, the anti-nicolaism and anti-simony efforts in Milan, begining in 1057. He had the support of the Vatican, but was opposed by his simoniac archbishop Guido da Velate. More than just a theological argument, the dispute led to violence. Arialdus went into hiding outside the city, Pope Alexander II excommunicated the archbishop who then had Arialdus arrested, imprisoned and executed. Martyr.

Died

• 1066 at a castle on a small island in Lago Maggiore near Milan, Italy
• re-interred in a monastery in Milan in 1067

Canonized

• 1067 by Pope Alexader II (decree of martyrdom)
• 1904 by Pope Pius X (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arialdus-of-milan/


Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer

Profile

First century lay woman. Married to Chusa, steward of King Herod Antipas. Disciple of Jesus, and mentioned in Luke (8:3) as providing for Jesus and the Apostles. Eastern tradition says that she gave the head of John the Baptist an honourable burial. One of the women Luke says (24.10) discovered the empty tomb on the first Easter when she went to anoint the body, and celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha in the Orthodox Church as the Myrrh-bearers. She is especially venerated by the Jesuits.

Representation

• ointment box
• woman carrying an ointment box
• woman with a cross in her arms and a lamb standing nearby
• woman carrying a pitcher in a basket
• woman standing with her husband among court ladies hearing Jesus preach

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-joanna-the-myrrhbearer/


Saint Ladislas

Also known as

Ladislaus, Lancelot, Laszlo

Profile

Born a prince, son of Bela I, King of Hungary. King of Hungary in 1077. Annexed Dalmatia and Croatia to greater Hungary. He expelled the Huns, Poles, Tatars, and Russians from his lands, and made Christianity the national religion. Known for his enlightened government, his devotion to his people and to the Church. Chosen commander-in-chief of the First Crusade, but died before the expedition left.

Born

1040 in Hungary

Died

• 1095 in Neutra, Hungary (in modern Slovakia)
• relics at Varadin (in modern Serbia)

Canonized

1192 by Pope Celestine III

Patronage

Szekszard, Hungary

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ladislas/


Blessed Davanzato of Poggibonsi

Profile

Spiritual student of Blessed Luchesius. Franciscan tertiary. Priest. Pastor of Saint Lucia parish in Casciano, Italy. Known for his prayer life, his charity, his spirit of penance.

Born

c.1200 in Poggibonsi, Italy

Died

• 7 July 1295 of natural causes
• miracles reported at his grave
• relics known to have been enshrined in the church of Santa Lucia in Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy by 1655
• relics enshrined in the church of San Bartolomeo in Barberino Val d'Elsa in 1787

Patronage

Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-davanzato-of-poggibonsi/


Blessed Benvenutus of Gubbio

Also known as

Benvenuto

Profile

Soldier; he later said that soldiers became good monks as they had learned discipline, endurance and obedience. Franciscan lay brother in 1222. At his own request, he was assigned to care for lepers, worked hard, was a beloved nurse, and was known as an ideal Franciscan.

Born

12th-century Gubbio, Italy

Died

• 1232 in Corneto, Italy of natural causes
• buried at the parish church in Corneto
• relics translated to Deliceto, diocese of Bovino, Italy c.1243

Beatified

1697 by Pope Innocent XII (cultus confirmation)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-benvenutus-of-gubbio/


Saint John of Chinon

Also known as

• John of Caion
• John of Moutier
• John of Tours

Profile

Priest. Spiritual advisor to Queen Saint Radegunde. Known as a healer and prophet. Hermit in Chinon, Diocese of Tours, France. He lived in a small cell and planted a laural orchard next to it where he spent his time in prayer and study, and avoiding the would-be spiritual students he attracted.

Born

in the British Isles

Died

• 6th century near Chinon, France of natural causes
• buried by being sealed in his hermit's cell
• many healing miracles reported in the orchard surrounding the cell

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-john-of-chinon/


Saint Tôma Toán

Also known as

• Tommaso Toan
• Thomas Toan

Profile

Layman in the apostolic vicariate of East Tonkin, Vietnam. Member of the lay Dominicans. Catechist and head of Mission Linh Trung. Arrested, tortured and left to die of hunger and thirst in the persecutions of Emperor Minh Mang. Martyr.

Born

c.1764 in Can Phán, Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Died

starved to death on 27 June 1840 in prison in Nam Ðinh, Vietnam

Canonized

19 June 1988 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-toma-toan/


Saint Crescens of Galatia

Profile

First century disciple of the Apostles. Companion of Saint Paul the Apostle during his second Roman captivity; he left to go to Galatia (2nd Timothy 4:10). Bishop in Galatia. Some traditions say he was a missionary to Dauphine in Gaul, and founded the diocese of Mentz, Germany. Martyred in the persecutions of Trajan.

Died

c.100

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-crescens-of-galatia/


Saint Crescentius of Mainz

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Friend of Bishop Aureus of Mainz, Germany. He may have served as bishop when Aureus was driven into exile. Martyred by invading Huns. There are several variations in his story due to the similarity of his name with others, some variants in the records of Aureus, and simply sixteen centuries between then and now.

Born

4th century in the area of modern Germany

Died

c.406 in Mainz, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-crescentius-of-mainz/


Saint Sampson of Constantinople

Also known as

• Sampson Xenodochius
• Sampson the Hospitable
• Samson...
• Father of the Poor

Profile

Priest and physician in Constantinople, noted for his care for the poor.

Died

c.530 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sampson-of-constantinople/


Saint Desideratus of Gourdon

Also known as

Désiré, Desert, Didier

Profile

Sixth-century priest and hermit in Gourdon the area of modern Burgundy, France. Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote of the admirable holiness of Desideratus. Had the gift of healing by prayer, especially helping those with tooth pain.

Died

c.569

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-desideratus-of-gourdon/


Saint Adeodato of Naples

Profile

33rd bishop of Naples, Italy, serving from 653 to 671. Built the oratory of Saint Restituta of Carthage and enshrined that saint's relics there. Performed the burial of Saint Patrizia of Naples.

Died

• 671 of natural causes
• relics enshrined at the abbey of Montevergine, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adeodato-of-naples/


Saint Anectus of Caesarea

Profile

Loudly encouraged Christians to not abandon their faith during the persecutions of Diocletian. Overthrew pagan idols; legend says he simply prayed near them and they collapsed. Martyr.

Died

scourged, mutilated and beheaded in Caesarea, Palestine in 304

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anectus-of-caesarea/


Saint Zoilus of Cordoba

Also known as

Zoilo

Profile

Young man martyred with 19 unnamed Christian companions in the persecutions of Diocletian. The monastery of San Zoil de Carrión in León, Spain was founded to enshrine his relics.

Died

c.301 in Cordoba, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-zoilus-of-cordoba/


Blessed Daniel of Schönau

Profile

Cistercian monk at Himmerod Abbey in Grosslittgen, Germany. Prior of the house. Abbot of the Schönau Abbey in Heidelberg, Germany.

Born

12th century Germany

Died

1218 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-daniel-of-schonau/


Saint Gudene of Carthage

Also known as

Guddene

Profile

Tortured, imprisoned for a long period and finally executed in the persecutions of proconsul Rufino. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in Carthage, North Africa (modern Tunis, Tunisia)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gudene-of-carthage/


Saint Arianell

Profile

Sixth century member of the Welsh royal family. She became possessed by an spirit, and was exorcised by Saint Dyfrig. Soon after, Arianell became a nun and spiritual student of Dyfrig.

Born

Gwent, Wales

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arianell/


Saint Felix of Rome

Profile

One of a group of nine Christians, including seven brothers, martyred together.

Died

Rome, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-rome-27-june/


Saint Spinella of Rome

Profile

One of a group of nine Christians, including seven brothers, martyred together.

Died

Rome, Italy, date unknown

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-spinella-of-rome/


Saint Dimman

Also known as

Dioman, Diman

Profile

Priest. May have been a monk first, and may have been assigned a parish by Saint Patrick; records are a bit unclear.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-dimman/


Saint Aedh McLugack

Profile

No information has survived.

Born

Irish

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aedh-mclugack/


Saint Brogan

Profile

Mentioned in the Gorman Martyrology.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-brogan-27-june/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Mother of God of Gietrzwald
• Emilian of Nantes
• Eppo of Mallersdorf
• Jean de Hecque
• Luisa Teresa de Montaignac de Chauvance
• Maggiorino of Acqui
• Margaret Bays
• Walhero


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