|Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Chris Hart Studio|
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an icon as old as the hills. Everyone has seen the image or quite possibly, has noticed the image floating around their grandparents' house. She has been a popular art piece even for non-Catholics. The wooden icon panel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is 16 x 21 and was crafted some time before 1499 by a Greek artist, it is believed. The icon is an image that embodies and symbolizes the central mysteries of faith, redemption, salvation, loving intersession of Mary and glory of the Divine. This beautiful representation of Mary and Child shows St. Michael and St. Gabriel holding items of the Crucifixion. The symbolism is rich and has been the subject of a variety of interpretations, debated for centuries but most agree that Mary is shown as the great intercessor between us and the Divine, the Star of the Sea, offering guidance to all who seek her assistance.
I figure I should be embarrassed to call upon her to help with my hair. She has much more important things to help out with. She has been credited with preventing cholera and small pox, numerous healings of the afflicted, helping sailors find their way...you name it she can help out as her name implies. My grandmother told a story about having butchered a calf and with a sink full of meat, canning and chopping and preserving going on in her kitchen, my Grandfather brought home the town mayor for dinner. Being a tiny Swiss woman coming to this country with her daughter on determination and resolve, she wasn't someone to cross. I think I know why the small print of Our Lady of Perpetual Help hung in a plastic frame by her kitchen door. Our Lady is there for anyone who needs her no matter how small or how large the request. The Perpetual Help part is great because that means she doesn't take time off because our troubles certainly don't.
|My Grandmother, Maria Lenard|
I'm pretty sure Our Lady of Perpetual Help is willing to intercede for us even on the smallest things but I noticed that her hair is covered entirely by her veil. Not even a strand is showing which leads me to believe even she had those days.