Perpetual Help

Symbolism of the Image

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a Christian icon of Mary holding the Infant Jesus.  

As seen in the image to the right, the Infant Jesus seeks refuge within His Mother's protective embrace, while He contemplates His Passion:

In the left corner the Archangel Michael holds the spear, wine soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns; In the right corner the Archangel Gabriel holds the cross and the nails.

Like Christ, we are all faced with reminders of our own past and future suffering, and future death on this earth. We share in worry and fear as we contemplate our own mortality.  

This image, however, is an image of hope.  It is a reminder that we are all held in Our Lord's loving embrace, in every season of our lives.  He has given us Hope.  He has given us Help.