|Icon of the Theotokos of the Passion (Our Lady of|
Perpetual Help), whose feast we celebrate today.
She is a special patroness to me as today is my birthday.
O thou who dost console thy Son in His sufferings, teach us to join thee in consoling Him. For, if thou hast a duty to console Him as His Mother, we have a greater duty to console Him as the ones who commit the sins that cause Him so much anguish and suffering. O thou who dost console thy Son, grieved by our sins, console us too, grieved the same foul sins of ours. O thou who dost perpetually aid thy Son in the undeserved sufferings caused by our sin, aid us too in the sufferings we have justly brought upon ourselves by our irresponsible and self-centered sins. Fill us with the love of thy son, the same love we have been rejecting from Him for so long, that we at long last may be joined to Him. Console thy Son with the knowledge that we, His Beloved Bride, repent of our sins, which have grieved Him so much, and wish to finally return to His loving embrace. Most Holy Theotokos save us.