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Mother of Perpetual Help by Theophilia Mother of Perpetual Help by Theophilia
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Mother of Perpetual Help
June 27th 2012
Watercolor and Ink
8.5 inches by 11 inches


"Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
Gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Assist your people
who have fallen, yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us, poor sinners."

~ Alma Redemptoris Mater ([link]

I had been wanting to do my own version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for some time now, and only just got around to finishing it. I spent a great deal of time working on trying to get it all laid out in such a way that I was happy with it. Well, I suppose I'm fairly happy with it, but I must also admit that I am rather disappointed in how it turned out, considering how much I was trying to get everything to look just the way I wanted it to. It came out fairly close, but there are just some things that are off, like the eyes of Mary and Jesus, which got rather bungled up. They're not very arresting, so that was a bit disappointing. :hmm: Also my gold ink is not cooperating much anymore. I shall probably have to go out and buy some more, because my current gold ink has the rather annoying habit of congealing into a thick mass that makes it difficult to mix. Anyway, here is the icon, I hope you all enjoy it. :)

A little bit about the icon itself. This particular icon is known in the East as the "Theotokos of the Passion." It is in the Hodegetria iconic style, meaning "She who shows the Way", which is a depiction of the Blessed Virgin holding the Christ Child in one arm and pointing to Him with the other. In this posture Mary holds the viewer's attention and points beyond herself to the Child in her arms to show that He is "the Way and the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6).

In this icon, the Child Jesus views the Archangels Michael (on the left, bearing the spear and gall) and Gabriel (on the right, bearing the Cross and nails) bearing the instruments of His Passion. Frightened of this vision, He runs to His Mother so quickly that His little sandal has almost fallen off, and He grasps her hand for comfort and assurance. Mary holds our gaze steadily, looking at the viewer with love and compassion, pointing to Christ, while also clutching Him close to herself. In this posture, Our Lady shows us that she is our Mother, and that she will comfort us in our afflictions as our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Catholic Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help was popularized by the most awesome Saint Alphonsus Ligouri (1696 – 1787).

This is the original icon crowned: [link]

And this is the Original Icon without other embellishments: [link]

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Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. you became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and God's mercy is from age to age on those who love God. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is June 27th.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

O God, Who hast willed that the Mother of Thine Only-begotten Son should be the perpetual succor of Christians on earth, grant us grace to call on her with confidence in all our necessities of soul and body, so that, saved through her protection and assistance, we may be brought to the everlasting vision of Thy glory in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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:iconbossilla:
Bossilla Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
This is my favourite icon.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU! You're too kind! :meow:
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schmetterlingmx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Dear Lord! i can see where the inspiration comes from, you're so talented! :) and i'm sure God hands guide yours while creating beautiful watercolors.

Congratulations!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, thank you! :hug:
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magdalenacaracol Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
wow... their *expressions* I never ever thought about it, never imagined that the expressions would work so well being fearful and sad and expectant. i have this icon in my bedroom and the faces of the Mother and Son are happy/complacent but you gave it this other dimension and made the imagine even more meaningful to me, thank you so much<3
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank YOU! :aww:
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ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ora Pro Nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:pray:
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Lord-Kothless Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
You do some great work.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow..... so beautiful! Beautiful colours, beautiful colours that just sing and those beautiful eyes of Our Lady and Our Lord that express so much... Love the background, too! LOVE IT!!! :)

AMAZING WORK & SPLENDIDLY DONE!!! :)

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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Beshflorin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's better than the original
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks you!! :aww: I'm thinking I'll probably be doing this icon several times. :nod:
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Beshflorin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SHe's the patron of my city :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome! She's the best patroness! ^^ And I don't think any saint would argue with that. ;-)
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japan112899 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Wow how nice! Keep on drawing and painting and eventually you'll be famous like Leonardo da Vinci. Let's hang this artwork in Florence Cathedral
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, why thank you! I'm not so sure about that, but I appreciate your kind words very much! :hug:
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the border! the border is so wonderfully perfect! I love the gold highlights, they look so good!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :meow:
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:iconfaetian:
FaeTian Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You shouldn't be disappointed! This is beautiful! :aww: You did a good job! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :aww:

I suppose the two points that were a bit disappointing is that the blue is not as dark as I would have liked and the gold (alas) got a bit sloppy on her mantle. :hmm: Ah well. :XD:
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nestle95 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again Amazing, Amazing and AMAZING!!
I'm a big fan of your paintings
This painting in Polish is called "Matka Boża Nieustającej Pomocy", I pary to this Mary every day! I gonna to draw this beautiful painting!

Greetings from Poland!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so very kind! Thank you! :meow: I'm so glad you enjoy these paintings. :D

I really like this icon of Mary too; I'm thinking about re-doing it someday.
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FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
The hard work you put into this is very evident; it is BEAUTIFUL! I love the golden tones you have used. Our Lady is so lovely. God Bless you! :rose:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! :glomp: Glad you like it!
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FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
:blowkiss: Of course! :happycry: God bless you.
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Nadyia-Drymer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiheartitplz: It's beautiful, I loved your version. :iconloveloveplz:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you so much!! :glomp:
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't think I've commented on this, but it looks gorgeous! Your style is getting more Baroque, which is kind of funny. :XD: I really like those angels.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :aww:

You keep saying that, but I don't know what you mean. :XD: How does it look more baroque?
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's more I guess 'pastel' colors, a little more exaggeration of the forms, and more of a "fluffy" feel if you know what I mean. Your Our Lady of Good Counsel one is like that especially. I actually think it's kind of improving on the Baroque style.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, interesting. Actually, I'm thinking of re-doing this one. I can't saying I'm really terribly happy with it, and I REALLY wish I had made Mary's blue mantle darker. :hmm: Perhaps then it wouldn't look so 'pastely.'

Hehehe, thank you. ;-) Baroques can certainly do with some improving. :XD: I do like strong, dark and bold gothic colors the best. :D Like the ones used in icons.
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ryanart Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
WOW!! The details, the eyes, the HALOS!! beautiful!!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :aww: :dance:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
It has a certain charm.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Writer
Looks great!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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MissyGainer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MasterMatso Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
This is awesome, my friend, and at first, searching for Virgin Mary art, I didn't realize it was you who did it, AND THEN as it pulled it up, before seeing your name, I realized your brilliant work.

Awesome as always
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thank you so much! ^^ :la:
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ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
You are most welcome
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Her crown is beautiful. And I love the border.
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