" The Infant Jesus, far from being sorrowful at this proposal, is pleased at it, accepts it with love, and exults in it! "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
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OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

olpsflowers

 

 [I]    

 

 Full well you know that from my tenderest years

 Your image sweet has borne my heart away,

 For tender pity in your gaze appears,

 With you I found the golden light of day. 

 

CHORUS  

 O Virgin Mary, when to heaven I go

 Your loveliness forever shall I see; 

 But my Perpetual Succour here below

 Is your sweet Image ever dear to me.  

 

[II]   

 

When fervour made me willing to obey

It seemed as if your picture on me smiled,

But if betimes, my will was led astray,

Your welling tears reproved your erring child.

 

 [III] 

 

In hearkening ever to my lowly prayer, 

You showered on me the sweetness of your love,

The very thought of you is now a share 

A foretaste of eternal bliss above. 

 

[IV]

 

 O Mother dearest, 'mid temptation's strife

 I feel that you a constant strength impart,

 Because you know that till the close of life

 I wish to offer souls to Jesus' Heart.

 

 [V] 

 

For evermore your Image shall remain

 My treasure, my Perpetual Succour be,

And 'tis my wish in death's dread hour of pain

My dying gaze may still be fixed on thee. 

 

FINAL CHORUS

 

[VI]

 

 Then soaring to the vast, eternal shore,  

 I'll come to rest, dear Mother, at your feet;

 And there held safe, enjoy for evermore,

 The tender bliss of your caresses sweet.

 

 

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

O God, our Creator, we thank you for the gift of life and all the gifts of nature;

our senses, our faculties, our talents and our abilities.

We thank you for creating us in your image and likeness and for giving us this earth to use and develop, to respect and cherish.

Despite our failures, you continue to show your love for us today by increasing the life of your Spirit within us at the Eucharistic table.

Finally Father, we thank you for giving us Mary, the Mother of your Son, to be our Mother of Perpetual Help, and for all the wonderful things you have done for us, especially for giving us your Son, Jesus, to be our Redeemer.

We are grateful for all the favours we have received through Mary's intercession. We pray that those past favours may inspire us to greater confidence in your loving mercy and in seeking the aid of our Mother of Perpetual Help.

AMEN

olpsflowers

 

 [I]    

 

 Full well you know that from my tenderest years

 Your image sweet has borne my heart away,

 For tender pity in your gaze appears,

 With you I found the golden light of day. 

 

CHORUS  

 O Virgin Mary, when to heaven I go

 Your loveliness forever shall I see; 

 But my Perpetual Succour here below

 Is your sweet Image ever dear to me.  

 

[II]   

 

When fervour made me willing to obey

It seemed as if your picture on me smiled,

But if betimes, my will was led astray,

Your welling tears reproved your erring child.

 

 [III] 

 

In hearkening ever to my lowly prayer, 

You showered on me the sweetness of your love,

The very thought of you is now a share 

A foretaste of eternal bliss above. 

 

[IV]

 

 O Mother dearest, 'mid temptation's strife

 I feel that you a constant strength impart,

 Because you know that till the close of life

 I wish to offer souls to Jesus' Heart.

 

 [V] 

 

For evermore your Image shall remain

 My treasure, my Perpetual Succour be,

And 'tis my wish in death's dread hour of pain

My dying gaze may still be fixed on thee. 

 

FINAL CHORUS

 

[VI]

 

 Then soaring to the vast, eternal shore,  

 I'll come to rest, dear Mother, at your feet;

 And there held safe, enjoy for evermore,

 The tender bliss of your caresses sweet.

 

 

betonolpsBEFORE THE ICON OF OUR MOTHER OF PEPETUAL SUCCOUR

NOVENA PRAYER FOR CHILDREN

Dear God, our Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to be my brother and Mary to be my mother in heaven. In this beautiful picture I am reminded that Mary wants to help me and pray with me. Dear Mary, I remember how you were always ready to look after people who needed you and how much you loved Jesus and suffered with him. Please help me to be like you and look after all those people who need my help. Please pray with me for those who are close to me – my family and my friends – and all those who need my prayers. I make this prayer to you, God our Father, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

(Think of those people you want to pray for especially. If you wish, you can write down your prayer and place it in the Petition Box and you may also include a 'thank you' note.)

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Dear God, our Father, thank you for all the good things I have in my life. Make me grateful when things go well and for the things I can do well. Help me to be patient when things are difficult and I am struggling. I know that Mary always wants to help me with her prayers so that I may never forget how much you and your Son, Jesus, love me. Amen.

prayers courtesy of Fr. Tim Buckley C.Ss.R

olpssaintsNOVENA PRAYER

O Mother of Perpetual Help, with great confidence we come before your holy icon to be inspired by the example of your life.

We think of you at that moment, when, full of faith and trust, you accepted God's call to be the mother of his Son.

Help us your children, to accept with joy our calling in life. 

When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need, you immediately went to serve her and offer your help.

Make us, like you, to be concerned for others. 

We think of you, Mother, at the foot of the cross.

Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony.

But your joy was great when he rose from the dead, victorious over the power of evil.

Mother of Sorrows, help us through our trials and disappointments.

Help us not to lose heart.

May we share with you and your Son the joy of having courageously faced up to all the challenges of life.

AMEN

This prayer is often used in conjunction with this Prayer of Thanksgiving.