In preparation for the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on June 27, we will not just be praying the Novena but also contemplate on the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help–the meaning of the whole Icon and its parts for nine days.
The contemplation of the icon can be done either before or after praying the novena. It would be most appropriate to have an Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or a copy of the icon in front of you. You can adorn it with candles and some flowers.
For the eight day of the Novena we will contemplate on the colors of the clothes of Mary and Jesus.
The deep blue color of the dress of Our Mother is the color that mothers in Palestine wears. The red undergarment of Mary is the color which virgins wear during the time of Jesus. The colors blue and red of the clothing of Mary, therefore, symbolizes the mystery of Mary as both virgin and mother. Mary as both virgin and mother stands out in eminent and singular fashion as exemplar of the church who is both virgin and mother.
The tunic or undergarment of Jesus is color green which implies his divinity. On the other hand, the color brown of his outer garment symbolizes his humanity. The red cincture represents the loving sacrifice of his life on the cross for all of us. Jesus as fully God and fully human is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the bridge between heaven and earth; He is our link towards perfect union with God in the fullness of time.
In both clothing of Mary and Jesus, we see the light of heaven shining through. This indicates the heavenly joy which Jesus and Mary bring to the hearts of all the faithful.
Let us contemplate and gaze at the color of the clothes of Mary and Jesus in silence …
At the end of our contemplation, let us pray,
O Mother of Perpetual Help, you are the first of the redeemed as the fruit of the fullness of God’s grace. May we be always open to God’s grace and align our lives with the life-giving guidance of the Holy Spirit. Through God’s grace, may we constantly configure our lives in the light of God’s mission. Amen.
To download a copy of the newest 2016 Jubilee version of novena in English, click this link: http://www.baclaranchurch.org/assets/revised-novena-english.pdf. To download a copy of the newest 2016 Jubilee version of the novena in Tagalog, click this link: http://www.baclaranchurch.org/assets/revised-novena-tagalog.pdf. For a guide on how to pray the novena at the shrine, click this link: https://baclaranphenomenon.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/how-to-pray-the-novena-at-the-shrine/. For a guide on how to pray the novena at home, click this link: .https://baclaranphenomenon.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/how-to-pray-the-novena-at-home/.
For more information on how to contemplate and pray with an icon, click this link: https://aleteia.org/2018/09/12/how-to-pray-with-icons-a-brief-guide/.