MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP ICON: HOW TO INTERPRET

One of my very favorite icons .. Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Because I need perpetual help! I love being able to read icons…

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HOW TO INTERPRET THE MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP ICON.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a Byzantine icon that is believed to have its origin sometime during the 13th -15th century. The icon is known for being miraculous; over the centuries countless healings and special graces have been attributed to it, so much so that the image has been honored and venerated by many Popes.
The miraculous icon is painted on wood and measures about 20″ in height (54 x 41.5 centimeters) and depicts the Virgin Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus.

1: Greek Characters:

  •  Largest and near the top of the icon, we see the Greek letters
  • ΜΡ θΥ = Mother of God; over the angel on the right is inscribed
  • O AP M = the Archangel Michael;
  • over the angel on the left is O AP I O = the Archangel…

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