Our Lady of Consolation
Prayer to Our Lady of Consolation
Mary, Mother of Consolation, again I come before you in prayer.
Help me to pray to our most loving Father.
Ever guide me to seek in my life His divine will.
Help me to hold before my eyes the saving life of your Son.
You are the chosen, Mary, for your magnificent answer to the desire of the Father, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the request of the angel.
Your openness to the Father has given joy to the world.
The Son of God your Son and our Lord and Savior, became man through your answer.
Oh Mary, grant that I might offer myself to the Father as you did.
Help me on the true path of holiness; this is the Father’s desire for me.
Assist me through your prayers that I too might agree to the prompting of the Holy Spirit within me.
Help me to offer others around me the example your Son expects me to be.
In a special way, I ask you to pray with me for these, the main intentions of this novena.
Holy Mary, I offer my prayers for all of God’s people, for the needs of all mankind.
We are all pilgrims ever on our way toward our heavenly home.
Watch over us and guide us; lead us to your Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION
La Consolata, Our Lady of Consolation, is a Byzantine-style icon said to have been painted by St. Luke and given to St. Maximus, Bishop of Turin, by St. Eusebius of Cremona, Abbot of Bethlehem (d. 423), then hidden during the iconoclastic period. In 1014, the Marquis of Ivrea received a vision of the Virgin at his sickbed, who requested a chapel to “La Consolata” in St. Andrew’s Church.
On fulfilling her request, he regained his health and discovered the old icon in the church crypt. But St. Andrew’s was soon destroyed by civil war.
In 1104, a blind man in France dreamed of a painting of the Virgin under the ruins of a church in Turin.
Believing that Our Lady would restore his sight if he restored her honor, the man journeyed to Italy and convinced a number of people to start digging.
On June 20, 1104, they uncovered the remains of the chapel and the undamaged icon of La Consolata, an event celebrated during the annual festa.
However, the image now over the sanctuary’s altar (left) is a 1400s copy of another icon ascribed to St. Luke, the Roman Madonna del Popolo