The Redemptorists the world over know that they have someone quite special as their Father Founder. Alphonsus Liguori is not just a Saint,but a Doctor of the Church.
The Church has only ever conferred this title on 33 of her Sons and Daughters. St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori is a Doctor of Prayer.
O Mother of Perpetual Help, with great confidence we come before your holy icon to be inspired by the example of your life.
We think of you at that moment, when, full of faith and trust, you accepted God's call to be the mother of his Son.
Help us your children, to accept with joy our calling in life.
When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need, you immediately went to serve her and offer your help.
Make us, like you, to be concerned for others.
We think of you, Mother, at the foot of the cross.
Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony.
But your joy was great when he rose from the dead, victorious over the power of evil.
Mother of Sorrows, help us through our trials and disappointments.
Help us not to lose heart.
May we share with you and your Son the joy of having courageously faced up to all the challenges of life.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
O God, our Creator, we thank you for the gift of life and all the gifts of nature;
our senses, our faculties, our talents and our abilities.
We thank you for creating us in your image and likeness and for giving us this earth to use and develop, to respect and cherish.
Despite our failures, you continue to show your love for us today by increasing the life of your Spirit within us at the Eucharistic table.
Finally Father, we thank you for giving us Mary, the Mother of your Son, to be our Mother of Perpetual Help, and for all the wonderful things you have done for us, especially for giving us your Son, Jesus, to be our Redeemer.
We are grateful for all the favours we have received through Mary's intercession. We pray that those past favours may inspire us to greater confidence in your loving mercy and in seeking the aid of our Mother of Perpetual Help.