The statue of Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor came to New Orleans in 1810. Over the following two centuries, the Ursuline Sisters have shared this devotion to Our Lady of "Quick Help" with many who pray to the Mother of God in moments of pain or need, joy or thanksgiving, or simply out of desire to live their lives with deepening fidelity and love.
Today, January 8th, we celebrate the feast day of Mary, Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Devotion to Mary under this title dates back to the early 1800s, when Our Blessed Mother intervened at the behest of a community of Ursuline nuns in New Orleans, to protect not only the monastery, but the entire city from both consuming fire and invasion.
Today, we honor and look to our Blessed Mother for continued deliverance from all that troubles us. Through her powerful, constant, and gracious intercession, we are freed from evil, our courage is bolstered, and we brought closer to her blessed Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Let us pray today and every day for the graces we need through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
Pat Schifini, OSU