This rustic wood plaque featuring Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Gold) comes from trees grown and harvested in Ohio and is 100% made in the U.S.A. Each wood plaque is made from solid cedar, hewn and joined together by the hands of our Steubenville woodworkers, then digitally printed with hi-tech inks that slowly stain and permeate the wood with a scratch-free work of art.
Because these rustic plaques are made from real, solid wood, each piece may have minor cracks, knots, and other imperfections that add character and authenticity. As unique as human fingerprints, no two plaques are alike.
Smaller sizes of plaques are cut from single boards, while larger sizes are made up of several boards joined together. The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is renowned for many cures and miraculous responses to prayer. Its origins trace back to 1495 and the island nation of Crete in the Mediterranean. A merchant brought the icon to Rome where it remained in the Church of Saint Matthew for 300 years. Although the icon survived the 1798 French invasion of Rome, the church did not and the popularity of the devotion was lost. Pope Pius IX, familiar with the miraculous history of the icon from his youth, placed it in the custody of the Redemptorist Order at the church of St. Alphonsus. Handcrafted in Steubenville, Ohio, this beloved image of Our Lady is sure to be treasured for generations to come. ( RWP-838 )