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Friday, January 08, 2016

One day, while praying before a statue of the Virgin ...

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January 8 – Our Lady of Prompt Succor (New Orleans, USA, 1809)

One day, while praying before a statue of the Virgin ...


The Canonically crowned image enshrined in the high altar [Wikipedia]
In 1803, Mother Saint Andrew Madier, an Ursuline sister in New Orleans, Louisiana, called to her side one of her cousins who also was an Ursuline nun in France and whom the Reign of Terror had forced to leave her monastery. Her name was Sister Saint Michael Gensoul. Her bishop, Bishop Fournier, refused her request to leave France, saying that only the Pope, who was then Napoleon's prisoner, could grant that permission.

One day, while praying before a statue of the Virgin, Mother Saint Andrew was inspired to say: "O Blessed Virgin Mary, if you obtain a quick and favorable response to my letter, I promise to honor you in New Orleans under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor."

The response was both quick and positive (the letter left France on March 19, 1809, and arrived on April 28, 1809). Surprised by the result, Bishop Fournier blessed the statue that Mother Saint Michael had ordered from a sculptor.

Since then, the devotion to Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans has spread throughout Louisiana, the United States and beyond.

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A mosaic of Our Lady of Prompt Succor at the Old Ursuline Convent complex, French Quarter, New Orleans. [Wikipedia]