Mother Mary – Our Lady of Good Counsel
April 26th — Feast Day
Liturgical Color: White
The miraculous event attributed to Our Lady of Good Counsel happened in Italy in a town called Genazzano. Santa Maria is the name of the church where the miraculous event took place. This church has always been a popular destination for pilgrims, even before the miracle.
On the feast day of St. Mark, the people of the town heard this beautiful and etheric music that was coming from an unidentified location. Witnesses recount that a cloud descended and and brought down a wall of the church that was yet unfinished. When the cloud had dissipated, in its wake, a painting on a very thin piece of plaster emerged. The image was of Mary holding the baby Jesus. It was thought that the fresco miraculously moved from Scutari, Albania.
Quite a few popes have visited the Church and have paid homage to Our Lady of Good Counsel, and it is still a popular destination for pilgrims of devotees of Mary.
Her feast day is on April 26th.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL
Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In your “yes” to the angel Gabriel to accept your role as the Mother of God, you accepted a unique role as a mediator between Heaven and Earth. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.
(State your intentions here)
For guidance for our world leaders, pray for us.
For counsel for those who are persecuted and suffer grave injustice, pray for us.
For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.
Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.
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