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Encyclopedia > Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Our Lady of Prompt Succor is the religious title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, by the Roman Catholic Church. It refers to a statue of the Madonna kept in a shrine in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. She is also known as Notre Dame de Bon Secours. She is the principal patroness of the state of Louisiana, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the city of New Orleans. Her feast day is celebrated on January 8. Blessed Virgin Mary A traditional Catholic picture sometimes displayed in homes. ... Jesus (8–2 BC/BCE — 29–36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels (c. ... Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area    - City 350. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33... The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is an ecclesiastical division of the Roman Catholic Church. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History

French Ursuline nuns were the first to arrive in Louisiana. Establishing a convent in 1727, the nuns founded what is the oldest school for girls in the territory of the modern-day U.S., which educated the children of European colonist, Native Americans, and those of the local Creole people, slave or free. Spanish sisters came to assist the growing school in 1763 after Louisiana fell under Spanish control. In 1800 the territory came back under French possession, and most sisters, fearing the anti-clerical sentiment of the French Revolution, fled to Havana, Cuba. The word Ursuline is used to describe the following: Ursulines A Catholic religious order. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33... Events 1727 to 1800 - Lt. ... The term Louisiana Creole refers to people of any race or mixture thereof who are descended from settlers in colonial Louisiana before it became part of the USA in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, or to the culture and Creole cuisine typical of these people. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the Cuban city. ...


Coming short on teachers, Mother Saint Andre Madier requested sisters from France to come to America to aid the struggling convent in 1803. She wrote to her cousin, Mother Saint Michel Gensoul, who was running a Catholic girls boarding school in France at the time. The Catholic Church was suffering the wrath of the revolution under Napoleon. Mother Saint Michel, knowing that the Church was in distress in both her homeland and abroad, was prompted by the Holy Spirit to approach Bishop Fournier of Montpelier to request the transfer. Bishop Fournier felt unable to afford the loss of another nun, as many had been killed or fled during the revolution. Bishop Fournier responded to Mother St. Michel, "The Pope alone can give this authorization. The Pope alone!" For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... This article uses excessive clichés and jargon associated with topic . ...


Pope Pius VII was prisoner of Napoleon at the time, and it was highly unlikely that any form of communication could be made with him. Mother St. Michel knew the unlikelyness of the Pope even receiving her letter. Mother St. Michel prayed before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and said, "O most Holy Virgin Mary, if you obtain for me a prompt and favorable answer to this letter, I promise to have you honored at New Orleans under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor." Sending her petition on March 19, 1809, Mother St. Michel received a letter from the Holy Father granting her request on April 29, 1809. Mother St. Michel commissioned a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus. By request, Bishop Fournier blessed the statue and the Mother St. Michel's work. Pius VII, O.S.B., born Barnaba Nicolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti (August 14, 1740 – August 20, 1823), was Pope from March 14, 1800 to August 20, 1823. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


Mother St. Michel arrived in New Orleans with the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on December 31, 1810 with several postulatants. The statue was placed in the monastery chapel and is venerated by the people of New Orleans. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Miracles

Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Two historical events are especially associated with the Virgin. The first occurred during the eruption of a great fire in New Orleans devastating the Vieux Carré. The Ursuline convent was facing immediate destruction as the winds blew the ragging fire ragged towards Jackson Square. An order was given to leave the convent due to the imminent danger of the fire. At that moment, a nun named Sr. Anthony placed a small statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on a window seal while Mother St. Michel began to pray aloud, "Our Lady of Prompt Succor, we are lost unless you hasten to our aid!" Immediately, the wind shifted direction, blowing the flames away from the convent allowing for the fire to be extinguished. The Ursaline convent was one of the only buildings spared from destruction. Upon seeing the inexplicable occurrence, witnesses unanimously cried out, "Our Lady of Prompt Succor has saved us!" French Quarter: upper Chartres street looking down towards Jackson Square and the spires of St. ... French Quarter: upper Chartres street looking down towards Jackson Square and the spires of St. ...


The second major miracle occurred in 1815, three years after the disastrous fire. General Andrew Jackson was facing the British in the Battle of New Orleans. There were 15,000 British Troops against 6,000 American troops. It seemed as though the city of New Orleans was doomed. Knowing the terrible fate of the city of New Orleans the Ursaline nuns along with many faithful people of New Orleans gathered in the Ursuline chapel before the statue of Our Lady. They spent the night before the battle praying and crying before the holy statue, begging for the Virgin Mary's intercession. On the morning of January 8, the Very Rev. William Dubourg, Vicar General offered mass at the alter on which the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor had been placed above. The Prioress of the Ursuline convent, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, mad a vow to have a Mass of Thanksgiving sung annually should the American forces win. At the very moment of communion, a courier ran into the chapel to inform all the present that the British had been defeated. General Jackson went to the convent himself to thank the nuns for their prayers: "By the blessing of heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of war was obtained." The vow made by Mother Ste. Marie has been faithfully kept throughout the years. The Battle of New Orleans 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Andrew Old Hickory Jackson (March 15, 1767– June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829-1837), first governor of Florida (1821), general of the Battle of New Orleans (1815), a co-founder of the Democratic Party, and the eponym of the era of Jacksonian democracy. ... Combatants United Kingdom United States Commanders Edward Pakenham † John Lambert Andrew Jackson Strength 11,000–14,500 4,000–6,000 Casualties 2,700 71 {{{notes}}} The Battle of New Orleans, also known as the Battle of Chalmette Plantation, took place on January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812...


Current Location

The statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor was moved from the Old Ursaline convent in Jackson Square to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, located on the State Street campus of Ursuline Academy and Convent.


It is customary for the citizens of New Orleans to pray before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, asking for her intercession whenever a hurricane threatens the city, reciting the prayer: This article is about weather phenomena. ...


Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us!


During hurricane season, prayers are said at every Mass in the city during the Prayers of the Faithful requesting Our Lady of Prompt Succor intercession and protection. After Hurricane Katrina, prayers are made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor asking for the quick recovery of the damaged city and surrounding area. Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa) Damages $81. ...


External links

  • Ursaline Academy and Convent and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
  • Patron Saints Index: Our Lady of Prompt Succor
  • Shrine in New Orleans has what may be Nation's Oldest image of Blessed Virgin
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor Novena

 
 

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