Our Lady of Prompt Succor



One year ago today, I received my statue of Mary from Ashley, on our last day in Rome.  In honor of that memorable moment, I created a Snow Mary and used colored water to spray her a shade of blue.  I didn’t stop there; I created a rosary in the snow, too!  I used a ceramic bowl to create “beads” around Mary and used twigs to highlight the cross at the end of the rosary.  I sprayed the “Hail Mary” beads the same blue and the other beads were sprayed pink.  As I was working on the cross, the pre-k kids from school came over to see what what going on.  I hope to see the pictures that their teacher took of the kids and of me working on the rosary.  If I get them, I will post them.

Today is a Marian feast day, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, one that I had not heard of but my goal for the year is to learn more about the feast days and this is what I read today from Wikapedia:

Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Two historical events are especially associated with the Virgin. The first occurred in 1788 during the eruption of a great fire in New Orleans devastating a convent that was facing imminent destruction as the winds blew the terrible fire toward the Plaza de Armas. An order was given to evacuate the convent, however at that moment, a nun placed a small statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on a window seat and Mother St. Michel began to pray aloud, “Our Lady of Prompt Succor, we are lost unless you hasten to our aid!” Immediately, the wind shifted direction, blowing the flames away from the convent allowing for the fire to be extinguished. The Ursuline convent was one of the few buildings spared from destruction.

The second major miracle occurred in 1815, twenty-seven years after the disastrous fire. General Andrew Jackson‘s 6,000 American troops faced 15,000 British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of New Orleans. New Orleans residents joined the Ursuline sisters at their convent to pray throughout the night, imploring the help of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. On the morning of January 8, the Very Rev. William Dubourg, Vicar General, offered Mass at the altar on which the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor had been placed. Cannon fire could be heard from the chapel.  At the very moment of communion, a courier ran into the chapel to inform all those present that the British had been defeated.  An annual Mass of Thanksgiving has been held January 8 ever since.


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