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Honoring Mary with Icons – Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Succor, is a title given to Our Lady, based upon a Byzantine icon with the same name. The icon is painted in tempera on wood and known to be at least five hundred years old. The earliest written account of the image is from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana where, in 1499, it was first venerated by the public. The writer of the icon is unknown, but some believe it may be the work of Saint Luke the Evangelist.

Its Legend

Church legend tells that the icon was stolen by a merchant from Crete who was sailing to Rome. When the merchant sailed, he hid the icon. While on a journey, a violent storm struck and the sailors prayed to the icon for help.
When the ship arrived in Rome, the merchant became ill and, as his dying wish, asked a second merchant to place the icon in a church where it could be venerated. The second merchant shared this with his wife who, upon seeing the icon, denied the dying man’s wish. She, instead, kept the icon and hung it in her home.

Sometime later, Our Lady appeared to the couple’s young daughter asking that the icon be given to a church. Mary told the child that the icon should be placed between the basilicas of Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran in Rome.
It was given to the Augustinian Friars and on March 27, 1499, it was transferred to the church of San Matteo.

Crowds flocked to the church where, for nearly three hundred years, many favors were granted through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. It was, then, called the Madonna di San Matteo.

The Icon is Hidden Once Again

In 1798, the Augustinian monks fled the city of Rome to avoid being captured by Napoleon’s invading armies and they placed the image into hiding. They took the icon to the nearby church of Saint Eusebius, then later to a side altar at Santa Maria Posterula.

The Redemptorists, who were stationed in Via Merulana, did not know that it was once the location of the church of San Matteo and shrine of the once-famous icon. A Redemptorist priest heard stories of the icon and of the church in which it was once enshrined and the Redemptorists built the Church of Saint Alphonsus Liguori next to the site.

Pope Pius IX

The Father General of the Redemptorists, Nicholas Mauron, brought the matter to the attention of Pope Pius IX, who as a boy, had prayed before the picture in San Matteo. The Pope wanted the icon exposed for public veneration.
In a letter, dated December 11, 1865, to Father General Mauron, the pope ordered that Our Lady of Perpetual Succor should be again publicly venerated in Via Merulana, and this time at the new church of Saint Alphonsus.

This was the first favor of the Holy Father towards the icon. He approved the solemn translation of the icon on April 26, 1866, and its coronation, by the Vatican Chapter on June 23, 1867. The pope fixed the feast as Duplex Secundae Classis, on the Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and, by a decree dated May 1876, approved a special office and Mass for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Learning that the devotion to Our Lady under this title had spread far and wide, Pius IX raised a confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor and Saint Alphonsus, which had been erected in Rome, to the rank of an arch-confraternity and enhanced it with many privileges and indulgences. He was among the first to visit the icon in its new home, and his name is the first in the register of the arch confraternity. Two thousand three hundred facsimiles of the Holy Picture have been sent from Saint Alphonsus’s church in Rome to every part of the world. At the present day, not only altars but churches throughout the world are dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Symbolism of the Icon

The image shows the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a dark red dress with a blue mantle and veil, holding the Child Jesus.

In Byzantine icons, because He is central to the faith, Mary is never shown without Jesus. Symbolically, Jesus is also wearing the clothes of royalty. The green tunic, red sash, and gold brocade portrayed in the image could be worn by only an emperor. The Greek initials to the right of the child and his halo decorated with a cross proclaim that He is “Jesus Christ.”

On the left is the Archangel Michael, carrying the lance and sponge of Jesus’ crucifixion. On the right, the Archangel Gabriel is carrying a three-bar cross and nails. The Christ child is upset by a premonition of his passion and runs to his mother for comfort. With a sorrowful facial expression, Mary is looking directly toward the viewer. Jesus is portrayed clinging to her with a dangling sandal.

At the top of the icon, Greek initials read, “Mother of God, Michael Archangel, Gabriel Archangel, and Jesus Christ.”

Mary Takes us into the Story

Mary’s gaze is fixed outward, but her arms hold Jesus.
She takes us into the story, making us part of the image.
Jesus was frightened and ran to His mother. Mary is calling us to also run to her when we are frightened or troubled. Her hand is, gracefully open, calling us to become one with her Son.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is commemorated on June 27.

Marilyn Nash for


Understanding Bible Verses About Water

Inspired by my new motivational water bottle from Hydrate Bottles which I got from Hydrate Bottles, I thought I’d put together a list of bible verses about water. There are 66 books in the Bible and out of those 66 books water is mentioned in every book of the Bible. Water, in Christianity, can refer to many things. In the book of Revelation and John, the word water refers to the Holy Spirit or living water.

Water is mentioned in Genesis as God creates the heavens and the earth. Here, God created the bodies of water that are found on earth. The book of Genesis is very explicit in how God created the various elements of earth on each day. On the 7th day, God rested. Today, many Christians still choose to call the Sabbath a day of rest where they don’t do anything except worship God and take a break from the daily rigours of life.

Water is lifegiving. Without water, we would all perish. There are many instances in the Bible where God performs miracles with water. He changes the water to wine, he feeds the multitudes in the desert and makes sure that they have plenty of dew to use as water in the mornings.

God parted the Red Sea so that his people could walk through the waters. Water also has a universal symbol of purity and fertility as noted in baptisms that are performed in the Bible. Water is used to purify people of their sins and to denote new life as they are brought up out of the water born again to a new life.

Living water is the gift of God of eternal life for those who choose to believe in him. Thus, the baptism ritual is death to self and a new life upon the rising up out of the water. Baptism is done differently in different religions. For some, it’s done for infants while others wait until the person is old enough to make their own choices. A few will wait until the person is an adult before they will allow the person to make the decision of baptism.

Baptisms were performed in the Bible numerous times. Many miracles were performed involving water for cleansing purposes such as the time that the leper was told to bathe in the water 7 times before he was cured. It’s a vital component in the Bible to use water for different purposes.

It was an honour to have a woman was a man’s feet after he’d been walking and it was considered a ritual. However, men also washed one another feet. Footwashing was a ritual that was to honour the person and note that you were following their lead. Footwashing is often done at Easter in some religions as a significant statement of following Jesus.

The purification that water signifies denotes death to self and a life led for one’s own purpose whereas the new life, after the baptism, is to be led for serving Jesus and worshipping God.

Jesus feeds 5000 people on a few fishes, some bread, and water. His miracles never cease in the Bible and the Bible tells similar accounts in the various gospels.

In a boat, Jesus is resting and there is a storm. When his disciples wake him Jesus stills the waters. In yet another miracle, Jesus walks on the water. Many have tried this but haven’t the faith to accomplish this feat as Jesus did.

In moments of trial and tribulation, water denotes purity and strength. Water can do a lot of damage as it did in the flood of Noah’s time. Water is one of the most powerful elements mentioned in the Bible and has been used countless times for miracles and purification.

Is Buying Coffee Ethical Or Not?

When we go to a local coffee shop or buying from online coffee retailers, and we get our favourite caffeinated drink, we often do not think about the ethics of doing so. In fact, the topic of coffee, in relation to ethics in general, is not a topic that is often heard at the tables with people drinking their favourite brew. However, there is a reason that you may want to consider the ethics behind the purchase of the coffee that you are drinking. It has more to do with the sale of the coffee as opposed to what it is able to do for you on a daily basis. Let’s discuss whether or not buying coffee is ethical, and come to a conclusion as to whether ethics, in general, have anything to do with the purchase of your favourite cup of Joe.

What Does It Mean To Be Ethical?

The topic of ethics has been discussed by people for centuries. Well-known philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, and even the more contemporary Immanuel Kant wrote on this topic. It’s also a class that you can take in college, one that discusses moral principles, and how these principles help us determine whether our behaviour represents a good or bad activity. So what does this have to do with coffee? It begins with how coffee is grown, and subsequently how it is sold.

Is It Ethical To Grow Coffee?

Let’s start with the concept of whether or not growing coffee is an ethical decision. This topic will come up when discussing environmental factors. For example, some of the best locations for growing coffee are places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, and many other locations where there are diverse and delicate rain forests. In some cases, there are trees that are removed from these areas, creating an ethical discussion as to whether the growth of coffee is more important than protecting the forests. In addition to this, herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers are used which can seep into the aquifers in the ground. From the standpoint of ethics or even common sense, this is detrimental to the environment and the people that will drink the water. Therefore, there are some ethical concerns in regard to the growth of coffee, but even more when it comes to the sale of this very popular product.

Is It Ethical To Sell Coffee?

Ethics that revolve around the sale of coffee often come up when talking about the workers that are picking the beans. Some of them are underpaid, overworked, and they get none of the credit when it comes to the popularity of this beverage. In addition to this, the workers are exposed to those same pesticides and herbicides that are used to protect the coffee beans so that they can be harvested and prepared for sale. The sale of coffee can become an ethical discussion when you are looking at the people that harvest the beans and their exposure to these chemically based products.

Is There A Way To Ethically By Coffee?

The best way to purchase coffee that will be ethical is to obtain only coffee that is certified organic. This means that the workers will not be exposed to pesticides, fungicides, and all of the other products that are typically used to protect the beans. It is also ethical, from the standpoint of the environment, because they are often grown in areas which do not contribute to the destruction of any type of rainforest. Finally, since these chemicals are not used in the growth of coffee, it does not contaminate the environment or the aquifers that will supply water to people now and in the future. By simply purchasing coffee beans that are grown in this manner, or by getting coffee from coffee shops that use organically grown coffee beans, the sale of coffee becomes much more ethical.

The discussion of ethics in regard to coffee is not one that many people have. They are simply concerned with getting there but is on their favourite caffeinated drink. However, it sometimes good to consider the origins of the products that we use and consider whether or not it is ethical. Although this discussion will not affect the habits of most people that drink coffee on a daily basis, it’s good to know that there are businesses out there that are growing, harvesting, and selling coffee beans in the most ethical way possible.

Choosing a translation agency in London

If we consider on a global scale, a lot of non-English languages are on the rise. These languages frame the ladder for international businesses, thus calling for a language translation service to the rescue. Translation services have become more than a necessity in today’s world – it is the way to effectively maintain the communication past all the barriers. It is one of the most important components of marketing on a global basis.

The main reason for choosing one of the translation agencies in Londonis to pave the path of effective communication in multiple languages. It is especially for the purpose of making progress with the agreement papers for any contract in other languages. Well you cannot certainly master all the leading languages on your own for the sake of international marketing and answering the inquiries of the overseas client. But translation services can do that for you.

As the importance of language translation services became more prominent, a lot of agencies have come up in London on date. You can look for a lot of agencies on Yellow Pages or through the business directory explicit for the place. You can even look through the web to find a handful of agencies in your vicinity.

Things to look for

No matter wherever you get to know about a translation agency, there are a few things you need to take care of before hiring them.

  1. Credibility and Distinguishable characteristics

It cannot be possible for the translation agencies in London to provide you with top quality work. Clients have standards of their own and must choose an agency that has the features and credibility to fulfil the expectations of the customer. Though it may ask for a higher price, it is worth paying for the quality of service you will be getting.

  1. Getting hands on the service providers with great translation skills

Individuals require a lot of knowledge and expertise over the language to translate a document perfectly. It is necessary for the translation service agencies to be familiar and skilled in carrying out translation tasks. The quality is of topmost priority to preserve the original essence. For this reason, it is best to choose certified translation agencies in London to help you with your work. You surely cannot judge them by the face. Request them for a sample to know about the quality of their work.

  1. Confidentiality of the data

It is of prime importance that the information provided for translation remains confidential. You need to find a company that you can trust. Customers should not forget to check the policies of the agency related to safeguarding the information of the documents provided to them for translation. It is necessary to establish a contract on this before providing them with any documents.

Translation agencies are a way for you to stay linked to the entire world. It may even be necessary for opting services from these agencies for adjusting to the other language speaking populace in the area. For the global market, translation services do not convey just lines and sentences. They convey messages on the basis of the cultural requirements of the potential target audience.

Tips to get the best translation services in London

  • Make sure English stays out of the content. It must be avoided as much as possible except for industrial terms that cannot be translated.
  • Ensure that your service provider makes proper usage of margin settings, punctuation, colours and date layouts to stay away from any issues of cultural sensitivity.
  • Provide the agency with a list of subject words that are linked to your business, system and industry so that they know the matter of the subject, the depth and what they are working on.
  • Discuss the delivery date beforehand and come to terms before handing the documents to avoid issues later. This can help you to keep up a pressure on them while ensuring the delivery of the translated script before the required time.

Make sure you go through the accreditations of the translation agency you are choosing. If you cannot find an accredited agency, feel free to visit the respective embassy to know about the accredited agency for the required language in your area.

The Bible & Alcohol Abuse

The bible contains a lot of thoughts and philosophies that can apply just as well to modern life as they did 2000 years ago. A lot of people make assumptions about what is in the bible, based upon what their elders have told them, or what modern culture says, but it is well worth reading and understanding the bible’s teachings, because they are often not as black and white as what some people assume them to be.

Alcohol is one example of this. No one can doubt the impact of alcohol on a national scale, the consumption seems to be on the rise with more and more people needing to use alcohol rehabilitation services. It’s also been proven that alcohol can impact your mental health.

The bible does not specify that alcohol is bad. What the bible does say, though, in Romans 13:1 is that people must submit themselves to the governing authorities ” that disobeying the law is the same as disobeying God. This means that if the law says that someone cannot drink until a certain age, then they should follow that rule.

Once a person is of age to drink alcohol, then they can follow biblical teachings. There are some situations in which the Bible does forbid alcohol, and there are others in which the bible says that it is OK. It comes down to common sense and decency, and moderation.

In biblical times, people drank alcohol because plain water contained pathogens that could cause serious illness. The alcohol killed the pathogens. It was safer to drink alcohol, but the drinks would not necessarily have been as strong as the spirits of today. The bible portrays drinking alcohol as something that is fun, but it also forbids drunkenness. In Ephesians 5:6, God says that people should not get drunk to the point of debauchery, but instead look to be filled with the Spirit. There are many other verses that also speak about drunkenness in this respect.
The Bible asks that people be considerate. Some people do hold the strong belief that alcohol is sinful, and God says that people should act in love, and try not to offend those close to them. It is better to be supportive of those who have other beliefs, and not set those people up to fail.

The bible warns against the idea of drinking too much, to the point of losing control. It warns that alcohol can be seductive and hugely tempting, and that it is all too easy to indulge. The question that modern adults should be asking themselves is what their relationship with alcohol is like. Can you drink recreationally and in moderation? Can you stop before you get too drunk? Can you drink socially, and then not drink when you’re at home, or turn down a drink if you need to drive that night? It’s one thing to enjoy alcohol as a little luxury. It’s another to drink to excess because you don’t know when to stop. You, as an adult, know what your self-control is like and whether alcohol is a temptation for you. You can make your own interpretation of the biblical teachings, and decide whether to live by the anti-alcohol words of Solomon, or the more relaxed words from Psalm 104. The choice is yours.

Picking The Right Bible – No Need For A Professional Translation Company

If you’re planning on purchasing a bible, you’ll want to think carefully about which translation you would like to use. When we say translation, we don’t mean search the internet and get a list of translation services companies to convert it into another language.

There are dozens of translations already out there, and each of those translations has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s how you can find a Bible translation that you’ll be happy within the long term.

Consider What You’re Looking For

Different translations offer different experiences. Some translations are designed to be readable. If you want a bible that is easy to read, you might be drawn to a more modern translation. However, if accuracy is the most important thing to you, you might want to look at older translations instead.

Not everyone wants the same things out of a translation, and that’s perfectly okay. What matters is that you search for a translation that will be able to provide all of the things you’re looking for.

Don’t Assume That The Most Popular Translations Are The Most Accurate Ones

A lot of people assume that certain translations are popular because they are accurate. However, this isn’t necessarily true. You shouldn’t link popularity with accuracy. As a matter of fact, there are some very popular translations that have been criticized for their lack of accuracy.

Usually, translations that are very popular are popular for a reason. However, you shouldn’t assume that the reason is accuracy. Some popular translations are very accurate, but there are other successful translations that aren’t accurate at all. Instead of making assumptions, it’s better to research different translations and see what you find out.

Check Out Different Translations To Get A Better Idea Of What They Offer

You should be able to find examples of different Bible translations online. Check out some of these translations and see what you think of them. Try reading the same verse translated in a number of ways. See if there is a particular translation that resonates with you.

There are sites that allow you to read portions of the Bible online. Typically, these sites allow you to choose the translation you want to see. While you won’t have the opportunity to check out every translation this way, you should be able to take a closer look at quite a few translations.

Look Into Study Bibles

If you’re interested in a biblical translation that is a little more challenging, you might want to look into buying a study Bible. The right study Bible will put certain verses into context for you. It will talk about what the verse says and explain things in a more modern context.

You’ll find that certain translations are a lot more appealing when you have a study guide to use. Study Bibles are extremely popular, which means you should be able to find options for a lot of different translations. Look at some of your options and see what you find!

Ask Friends And Family About Their Favorite Translations

Sometimes, it can be helpful to get advice from people that you know and trust. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual matters. Reach out to family members and members of your congregation. See if there is a particular translation they recommend.

While everyone has their own opinions on the best translations, you should be able to get a range of options. Take all of this advice on board and figure out which bible you would like to buy.

If you’re struggling to select the right Bible translation, you should take the advice above into account. Learn a little more about your options so that you can make a smart decision. No matter which translation you pick, you’ll know that you made a wise choice.

The Birth Jesus Christ

On a special day around 2,000 years back an angel named Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish woman named Mary. Gabriel revealed to Mary she would have a son, Jesus, who will be the Son of God. Mary was confounded and stressed over this sudden news, however she had faith in God and stated, “I am the Lord’s servant; let it be as you say.”

Mary and Joseph who was not yet Mary’s husband, lived in a town called Nazareth. Be that as it may, they needed to journey to the city of Bethlehem to enlist for a census requested by the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus. Both Nazareth and Bethlehem are in the nation presently called Israel. It is around 65 miles (105 km) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and the outing presumably took them quite a few days.



When Joseph and Mary got to Bethlehem, there was no place for them to stay because the inn was full and did not have any place. They wound up spending the night in a stable, a place where animals were kept. There was presumably fresh hay on the floor that they utilized for beds. That night, Jesus was conceived. There was no crib, so they laid baby Jesus in a manger, which is used as a feeding trough for animals. The manger most likely had fresh hay in it and made a pleasant bed for the baby.

There were shepherds who were given the news of a saviour, the messiah being born and rushed to Bethlehem and found Jesus in the manger. After they had seen Jesus, they spread the news, and everybody who heard was in wonder.

Sometime later, wise men, or magi, from eastern nations saw a star in the sky that symbolized the birth of a new ruler. They came to Judea, the locale around Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to venerate Jesus, the new ruler.

A man named Herod was the ruler of Judea. He called the wise men to a gathering and instructed them to locate the new lord so he could go and revere him, as well.

The wise men proceeded to Bethlehem and followed the star until the point when it was straightforwardly over the house where Jesus was. They found Mary and Jesus in the house and knelt down to love Him. They brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, a portion of the finest things in the old world. Frankincense was burnt to make a sweet fragrance, and myrrh was a costly fragrance.

Subsequent to visiting Jesus, the wise men had a dream that warned them not to return to King Herod, so they took an alternate course home.

Ruler Herod lied when he advised the wise men he needed to love Jesus. He was anxious this new “lord” would take his place as a ruler of Judea. He didn’t comprehend that Jesus would grow up to be lord of God’s spiritual kingdom, not ruler of Judea.



What Herod really wanted to do was to discover Jesus and murder him. Herod was angry when he understood the wise men had not returned to disclose to him where to discover Jesus. He sent his officers to Bethlehem to slaughter every one of the children under two years of age, figuring Jesus would surely be one of the ones executed.

Yet, God had advised Joseph in a dream to escape to Egypt. Joseph took Mary and Jesus to live in Egypt where they would be safe from Herod. Joseph, Mary and Jesus remained in Egypt until the point that Herod had passed on, and after that they came back to Nazareth.

10 Guidelines for a Christian Living

The Bible shows that the Christian life is one of consistent self-development. When you were born once more, you were born into the God’s family. It is God’s motivation that you will develop into full stature and wind up developed and matured in Christ. It would be unbecoming of God and nature if you somehow happened to remain an infant and along these lines turn into a spiritual dwarf.

To be a true Christian of that sort there are a few guidelines you must follow.



1. Read your Bible day by day. Try not to be satisfied by just skimming through a section merely to fulfil your conscience. Hide the Word of God in your heart. It comforts, guides, remedies, energizes and all we require lies in there.

2.Take in the secret of prayer. Prayer is imparting and interacting. Each prayer that you supplicate will be answered. Now and then that answer might be “Yes” and in some cases “No,” and some of the time it is “wait,” however it will be answered. No prayer will go without being answered.

3.Rely always on the Holy Spirit. We realize that the Holy Spirit petitions God for us, and what a comfort that ought to be to the weakest of us. Stand aside and let Him assume control over every one of the choices and decisions of your life. You will notice that by doing your life will be more on the right track.

4.Go to chapel frequently. The church is Christ’s association upon earth. Christians require each other, we have to assemble to revere God and nothing can replace church participation. Its significantly important to attend church and pray to the lord.

5.Be a witnessing Christian. We witness in two different ways by life and by word – and the two, where conceivable, ought to go hand in hand. Witness all that is around you.



6.Give love a chance to be the decision principle of your life. Jesus said to the individuals who tailed Him, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love to each other”. The best exhibition of the way that we are Christians is that we cherish each other.

7.Be an obedient Christian. Give Christ a chance to have in front of the rest of the competition in every one of the choices of your life.

8.Figure out how to meet temptation. Temptation isn’t sin. It is yielding that is sin. Give Christ through the Holy Spirit a chance to do the fighting for you.

9.Be a wholesome Christian. Our lives and appearance ought to recognize the Gospel and make it appealing to others.

10.Live above your circumstances. Try not to give your circumstances a chance to get you down. Figure out how to live graciously inside them, realizing the Lord Himself is with you.

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