Oil dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians on prayer cloth
The oil dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians, a Roman Catholic Marian devotion.
Christians have turned with great confidence to the Blessed Virgin Mary for spiritual and temporal help. Knowing that theMother of God is also our spiritual Mother. Christians have sought her maternal aid and intercession with the Divine Majesty. And Mary Immaculate being the marvelous Mother that she is. Often comes to help her children before they even come to implore her avail. Sometimes before they are even aware of their particular need. Our Lady’s solicitude at the Wedding Feast at Cana manifests this maternal trait of anticipating the needs of her children.
The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571. When the whole of Christendom saved by Mary Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary. The great battle of Lepanto occurred on October 7th 1571. For this reason this date has chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary. In 1573 Pope Pius V instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the decisive victory of Christianity over Islamism.
In 1809, Napoleon’s men entered the Vatican. Arrested Pius VII and brought him in chains to Grenoble, and eventually Fontainbleau. His imprisonment lasted five years. The Holy Father vowed to God that , if he restored to the Roman See. He would institute a special feast in honor of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope, and on May 24th 1814. Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Be kept on the 24th of May.