Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon Bracelet

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour


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 St. Mary Major and St. 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 St. Augustine, who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (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. *Catholic Encyclopedia

I created another bracelet in honor of Our Beautiful Lady of Perpetual Help using a color medal with her icon picture with Baby Jesus. I also added a very unique cut out picture of Virgin Mary, a medal of Our Lady of Medjugorje directly from Medjugorje, Archangel St. Gabriel, St. Thomas Aquinas. I also added beautiful olive green fresh water pearls, green garnet gemstones and glass beads to create a unique combination.

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