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Celebrating 150 Years of the Icon of Love

April 26, 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of the restoration of the public devotion of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in St. Alphonsus Church in Rome. The Redemptorists, whose General House was located at St. Alphonsus Church, were given the Icon by Pope Pius IX and were told to, “Make Her Known Throughout The World”. Since then, Redemptorists have included Mary under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the Mission of proclaiming the Good News of Plentiful Redemption throughout the world. This much beloved icon is one of the most widely known image and title of Mary throughout the world. From June 27, 2015 to June 27, 2016, Redemptorists and devotees throughout the world took the opportunity to celebrate this Jubilee Year through prayer, reflection, special devotions, education, processions and pilgrimage.  St. Patrick’s Church, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Toronto, along with the Redemptorists of the Edmonton-Toronto Province marked this special celebration with opportunities for celebration, prayer, processions and thanksgivings.

During 2016-2017, the celebration continues with taking the opportunity to learn about the many Redemptorist Saints and Blesseds whose lives have called so many of the faithful to conversion and new life through the sharing of the Good News of Plentiful Redemption.

​Video 1 of the Procession - April 26, 2016

Video 2 of the Procession - April 26, 2016​