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The devotion to Mary, Help of Christians is celebrated on May 24. Saint John Chrysostom was the first person to use this Marian title in year 345 as a devotion to the Virgin Mary. St. John Bosco also was a dear devotee of Our Blessed Mother and he promulgated Marian devotion under this title.
The title of Mary Help of Christians is associated with the defense of Christian Europe and surrounding areas from non-Christian peoples during the Middle Age. In the late 16th century, the Islamic Ottoman Empire intended to invade Christian Europe. Pope Pius V called Christian armies from all over Europe to defend the continent and asked the believers to pray to Mary for her intercession. The defeat of the Muslim Turks at the Battle of Lepanto was attributed to the intercession of Mary under this title.
This Marian statue is highly detailed, hand painted and comes on a wood base.