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Our Lady of Perpetual Help by Theophilia Our Lady of Perpetual Help by Theophilia
Picture Taken: October 5th, 2009
Made of Wood and Painted over

I took this picture today before school started, I have always wanted to take a picture of this because it is just so beautiful! This picture hangs in front of the office at my school, and I pass by it everyday. I think it's the best picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that I have ever seen. I'm not sure who the artist is, but I'll try to find out.

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

"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. 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"

- From the “New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia”

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:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful photo of OL of Perpetual Help! :) Amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! ^^
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:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)

Hope you have a wonderful day! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :)

I hope that you have a wonderful day! :)
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ROHAN-INDIA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Dear ShadowBlade,
I have to Thank u profusely for posting this Mother MARY pic.... coz my life has literally tunred around since i saw this pic... I was so so so enchanted by the Look in Mother's eyes here... serenly calm, yet u can feel the hidden sadness in her eyes... knowing that HER only Son JESUS... is destined to be Crucified someday...!!
I got this Beautiful Pic color printed.... it does fine even in an A4 size print.... then i got the same laminated & stuck up at eye-level in my room, as well as another similar print-out in my cabin onboard the ship that i work in... And since then i have found myself crying out all my woes & troubles and what nots to My Beloved Mother... looking into her ever so compassionate eyes.. feeling HER faith coursing thru my veins... Countless have been the times when hav felt lonesome & troubled on the ship with various issues.. Always found MARY so full of solace....no Matter what sum so called anti-MARY folks out there might say in contrast.... & i care 2 hoots coz i dont need 2 prove to anyone around how much Help i have recvd from Mother MARY...!! Now then, im sure most folks wud think im cuckoo if i admit to having Miracles happening in my Life thru MARY's Intercession....!! Ohhh... the sweetness & pain in those eyes....!!
I have no Words to express my gratitude for having this Pic in my life.... i always keep a few extra laminated prints on the ship.... these i happily present to any believer who wants to take up Mother MARY's Faith..!! Will do my best to Spread The Word.... always till my very last Breath..!!!
Thanx again ShadowBlade, May Our Beloved Mother MARY always Bless us all..!!! ;-)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truth be told, this is probably one of my favorite depictions of Our Lady of Perpetual help that I have ever seen. :nod: I am very glad that it has affected you for so much good, and I hope God will continue you to bless the world abundantly through the image of His Holy Mother. God bless! :hug:
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:iconmancipiamariae:
MancipiaMariae Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! So beautifully grand & that image is among my best-loved favourites of all. Thanks for uploading! :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very glad you like it. :aww: Thanks!
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:iconangedumort:
angedumort Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for uploading this
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :aww:
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:iconfejdelvahe:
FejDelvahe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Dear friend: Please could inform the author of this version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and in particular where is it located? Can you clarify the school, city and country? I should be grateful, because it is a beautiful version. (Estimado amigo: Por favor, ¿podría usted informarme de quién es el autor de esta versión de Nuestra Sra. del Perpetuo Socorro y en concreto dónde está localizada? ¿Puede precisar la escuela, ciudad y país dónde se halla? Le quedaré muy agradecido, porque es una versión bellísima.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do not know who the artist it, unfortunately. :hmm: It was at my highschool while I went there, and before that (as far as I know) it belonged to the highschool attached to the local church in my city. :nod: It is a really very beautiful version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and certainly one of my favorites. :nod: I'm sorry; I wish I could more helpful. :hmm:
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:iconfejdelvahe:
FejDelvahe Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Ok,but at least tell me the name of your secondary school and the name of the city it is located. I am a Catholic theologian and will try to investigate for myself who is the author. You just kindly give me the name of the school where was this picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the city. Please.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and if you do find the author, please let me know, because I'd love to give credit where credit is due. :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll send you a note. :)
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:iconfejdelvahe:
FejDelvahe Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thank you very much for the information you sent me in his note. I am very grateful, because I always like to cite the location of a work of art. If I find the name of the author of the picture, will let you know. Thank you very much.

Fej Delvahe
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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Trishkafibble Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I especially love Jesus' and the Blessed Mother's faces. I imagine that's a large part of the appeal for you, too, since your own Catholic art features such lovely, expressive faces!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww! Thank you! :aww: Yes, I do really like their faces in this version. It's a pity that a lot of icons have rather ugly faces. :( I'll hopefully be doing my own version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help soon, and I will probably end up using this one as my model. :D
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:iconart-allmystyle:
ART-ALLMYSTYLE Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! It's Beautiful :D
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:iconangedumort:
angedumort Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it is
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWW! Thank you so very much! :glomp:
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:iconart-allmystyle:
ART-ALLMYSTYLE Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha,your most welcome :D
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InHerHands85 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
hey I would love to print this picture for my living room but its copy righted by you till 2011. would you mind letting me have it printed. thanks my email is tdrentwett@yahoo.com
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:iconlluft:
LLuft Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Perfect
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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:iconssuuddoo:
ssuuddoo Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
very good. thnx 4 uploading the pictur. +
ssuuddoo, sdb
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:iconcowkul:
cowkul Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Photographer
thank you for doing this
i love our lady
and this piece is simply beautiful
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so vey much! :aww:

:iconblush--plz:
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:iconimahinasyon:
imahinasyon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Ung original nyan at nung gumawa nasa bahay ng kaibigan ko! Jah bless!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
???
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:iconimahinasyon:
imahinasyon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
i mean *yang perpetual help*
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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:icontahnja:
Tahnja Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This really is an extrordinary work who ever did it...this has so much life! So glad you shared this with us...stunning!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really is! Certainly my favorite image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that I have ever seen! :aww:
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Percival-of-Lain Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I love her crown and how brilliant it all is! It seems simply effulgent with innocent purity.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :aww: I really just loved this picture, so I had to take a photo of it! ^^
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is so lovely :) It is sad that some Protestants study the bible just to attack the Catholic faith instead of strengthening their own faith...If we were a pagan and worshiping Satan or some such rubbish as most of the Fundamentalists claim, then that means there is more evil than good in this world, which is not true...
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconclockworksky:
ClockworkSky Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Thanks so much for sharing! Very beautiful <3
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :D
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pixieplay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Lovely. The Catholic church I usually attend has a huge Redemptorist influence, so we have a big devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We say prayers to Our Lady under this title every Tuesday night. :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :aww: That's beautiful! ^^ I think this is the most lovely version of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that I've ever seen, so it's naturally a favorite. :aww:
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HippieVan57 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
very pretty!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconfrederickh:
frederickh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009   Photographer
Jesus looks so cute with His little shoe hanging off! ^^;
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heehee, He does. I love cute Jesus'. :aww: I particularly like this one, because he looks like a cute little boy snuggling close to his Mommy because He's afraid, but he also has a noble, kingly face. :D
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frederickh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009   Photographer
The noblest Toddler of us all!
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