Our lady of Perpetual Help Icon
" x 16
Hand-painted Icon with silver and gold plated cover. Imported from Poland
The Icon is Byzantine in style and is supposed to have been painted in the thirteenth century. It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before him the instruments of his passion. It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a Church for public veneration.
It was exposed in the Church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between St.Mary Major and St John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna Di San Matteo. The Church was served for a time by the hermits of St. Augustine, who had sheltered their Iris