Perpetual Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Please join the parishioners of St. Lambert Parish in Skokie and all the devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help around the area for a novena every Wednesday at 6:45 in the evening.
The Perpetual Novena for Our Mother of Perpetual Help at St. Lambert Parish started last July 7, 2010. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Salvador of St. Genevieve Parish. It was preceded by Rosary at 6:45in the evening.
The regular Perpetual Novena starts at 6:45pm every Wednesday and a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated every first Wednesday of each month.
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Or Our Lady of Rerpetual Help)
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 St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.
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. (http://www.newadvent.org/