Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Tomorrow, 27th June, is the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Since its foundation in 1879, Our Lady under this title has been the Patroness of the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is in the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori on the Esquiline Hill in Rome (the titular church of Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster). The first Bishop of Middlesbrough, Richard Lacy, had great devotion to this image. When he was a student at the Venerable English College, Lacy was present for the procession of the icon through the streets of Rome in 1866. Later he was miraculously cured of a painful internal illness, which had lasted nine years, after praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
In the Extraordinary Form this feast replaces the Sunday liturgy, and so the midday Mass and Vespers tomorrow will be of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.