Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ipoh, Malaysia

The Catholic Church assigns one date out of the year for each and every canonized saint — known as the saint’s feast day. The saints are remembered on their individual feast days with special mention, prayers, and possibly a scripture reading.(1) The Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are our most important feast days. They are the principal liturgical feasts that honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints.(2) 

​The Liturgical Year (=Christian Year or Church Year) for 2017-2018 (Year B) commenced on 3rd December 2017 with the 1st Sunday of Advent and ends on 1st December 2018,  the Saturday of Week 34 in Ordinary Time. The Holy Days of Obligation for Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei for Year B are: Ascension of the Lord (Thursday, 10 May), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wednesday, 15 August), All Saints' Day (Thursday, 1 November), and all Sundays, Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December).(3)

In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists with the mission to "Make her known" throughout the world. Today, the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual is known throughout the world with millions of devotees, praying and celebrating with Mary, God's  outpouring  of  abundant  graces  and unconditional love.

Following feast days are due:​

  • 25 November: Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
  • 2 December: 1st Sunday of Advent.
  • Pope Francis, in his communique (Vatican News, 29 Sep 2018) on praying the Rosary this October, has invited us to conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation "Sub Tuum Praesidium", and with the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel that he protects us and helps us in the struggle against evil [cf. Revelation 12, 7-12'].

  • ​The Invocation to Our Mother of God Sub Tuum Praesidium (Beneath Thy Protection) is as follows:

We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
(“Sub tuum praesidium confugimus Sancta Dei Genitrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo Gloriosa et Benedicta”)

Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

​​(Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.)

"The upright rejoice in the presence of God, delighted and crying out for joy."

Psalms 68:3

Make Her Known

References: (1) For Dummies, What is a Catholic Feast Day?: <http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-is-a-catholic-feast-day.html>; (2) beginningCatholic.com, Catholic Holy Days of Obligation: <http://www.beginningcatholic.com/catholic-holy-days-of-obligation.html>; (3) Ordo, pg xiv; (4) OMPH Bulletin.

Address: 19-21 Jalan La Salle, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia; Tel: (61) 5458220

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