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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
INSCRIPTIONS OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
INSCRIPTIONS OF OUR LADY OF
The Devotion to Our Lady Of
Perpetual Help is deeply rooted in our culture that the Filipino people have
long adopted the Blessed Mother to be their Divine Comforter in their hour of need. This religious tradition is very
much alive and still widely practiced every Wednesday where multitudes of devotees attend the all day Novena Masses held almost hourly at the Redemptorist Church
in Baclaran, Philippines.
The popularity of this Devotion
owes much to the fact that by the numerous testimonies of miraculous healings
and granted petitions, the Blessed Mother is truly the Spiritual Comforter of
those who seek Her Maternal Assistance and Divine Intercession. As a matter of
fact, She is the greatest Intercessor of all, being the Mother of our Lord
The interesting history of how the
Image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was relocated to its present site at St.
Alphonsus Church beside the International headquarters of the Congregation of
the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists; attests to the series of miraculous intervention by the Blessed Mother, who had earlier appointed this same place to be
Her permanent shrine.
Despite the fact that the Image
had been numerously moved to different places due to the French occupation in Rome,
it is undoubtedly by Our Lady’s intervention that it would find itself
installed in the same original site from where it was first enshrined.
For a better appreciation of one's Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we contemplate on the interpretation of
the symbolisms of the Icon as reprinted in bold letters and explained fully
One artistic manifestation of it
was the emergence of the class of icons called Cardiotissa, from the Greek word
kardia, meaning heart. Cardiotissa
means “having a heart” or showing sympathy and mercy and compassion. In them the face of Our Lady appears full of
sorrow, yet supremely dignified in her contemplation of the sufferings of her
Son. His passion is represented by angels holding instruments of His passion,
most often the cross, the lance, the sponge, and the nails. Icons of this type in Russia were called
Strastnaya (from the verb to suffer).
The Our Mother of Perpetual Help
icon is of this type. The angels
holding the instruments of the Passion have their hands covered with a
protecting veil as a sign of reverence in handling sacred objects. In some Eastern rites, for example the
Armenian, the deacon has his hand covered with a silken veil when he carries
the gospel book. And in the Roman Rite,
the priest covers his hands with the humeral veil when blessing the people at
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Child Jesus is shown with an adult face and a high
brow, indicating His Divine Mind of Infinite Intelligence. As God, He knew that the angelic apparition
was prophetic of His future passion.
Yet in His human nature as a small child, He is frightened and runs to
His Mother for protection. Our Lady
hastily picks Him up and clasps Him to her bosom.
This action is indicated by the
fact that the Lord’s right foot is nervously curled about the left ankle and in
such haste that His right sandal has become loosened and hangs by a single
strap. Further action is indicated by
the way the Child Jesus clasps His Mother’s right hand with both of His,
holding tightly to Our Lady’s thumb.
Our Lady is clothed in a dress
of dark red which was long reserved in the Byzantine world for the Empress
alone, indicating the Queenship of Mary.
We know that reddish purple was considered the noblest color in the
ancient world. Recall that Our Lord
said “Those who are clothed in purple and fine linen are in the houses of
HIDDEN MEANING OF THE
What is even more intriguing are
the symbolisms of the various inscriptions that are evidently located at the
upper left and right side portion of Our Lady’s head. After a detailed search
over the Internet, I was elated to discover that the meaning of the said
inscriptions were fully explained in a December 2007 book titled “The Modern
Temple” which was written by Sister Clarice Evelyn Seville Suarez of Kidapawan
Sister Clarice is an active
member of the Congregation of the Universal Sovereign Church of the Blessed
Name 01230-6-4 Jesus Joseph or USCBN which began with the establishment in 1975
of the Shrine of My Catholic Faith by its founder, Reverend Mother Victoria
In her book, Sister Clarice
explains why the Philippines was already a chosen nation that is
consecrated to the Blessed Mother and her Infant Child Jesus and why it is
destined to be the next Holy Land.
A complete PDF copy of The
Modern Temple can be downloaded here.
following statements in bold letters are lifted from her book The Modern
Mother Victoria Vera Piedad, OPM-OPR, the founder of the Universal Sovereign
Church of Blessed Name 01230-6-4 Jesus Joseph, came as a person, manifested
Herself in many locations, lived with the people from all walks of life, built
the universal cathedral, personally taught Her children and revealed the
secrets of the Living God. Her relics and memorabilia are intact in the USCBN
Cathedral and in many living witnesses with whom She has closely interacted.
Her apparition in physical form is in fulfillment of the
forgotten promise about the coming of the Holy Spirit - the Third Person of the
Godhead - the Highest Spirit.
She came as a woman and as a mother because “as a
mother, I can reach out and be close to everybody without causing any problem
because a mother is for all.” (Mother)
Reverend Mother Victoria Vera Piedad, OPM-OPR is the
Blessed Virgin Mary at the time of Jesus Christ. She is the Third Order of the
Holy Trinity. She personifies the Holy Spirit.
As the Blessed Virgin Mary, she is also known by many
names: as Mother of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Fatima, Mother or Our Lady or
Virgin of Barangay, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mediatrix, Our Lady of
Peace, Our Lady of Rosary and many other names in Her numerous apparitions in
different places and countries around the world.“Ang
lahat ng Virgins ay ako rin (All the Virgins, I am the original”). (Mother)
Her order is Order of Perfection of Mankind (OPM) and
Order of Person Reparation or Redemption (OPR). According to Mother, Her Order
is the Third Order of Reparation - Mediatrix between God and Man. Her truth
endures to all generations.
The letters OPM-OPR are embossed on the upper left and
right sides of the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The other letters
around the Image are OY - Order of Youth; MP - Mother Philippines while the
Roman numerals symbolize the number, 01230-6-4.
name, Victoria, means “Victory"; and Vera Piedad means “bring me to eternity.”
As the promised comforter, She is the Spirit of Truth, the Sanctifier and the
If the MP inscription is solely meant to be Mother
Philippines, then there can be no doubt that from the time this Icon was initially painted, it was already revealed by our Blessed Mother that the Philippines is
truly an anointed Nation that is close to Her Heart and is therefore consecrated to Her
and Her Son Jesus Christ.
One fact remains to be indisputable, by way of the
present traditions of Wednesday Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the
Filipino people have shown their great love to the Blessed Mother whom they
consider to be their Spiritual Comforter and Perpetual Provider of Divine Help.