Our Lady of Providence
This title of Mary has roots in Scripture. It is often attributed to Mary’s intervention at the wedding in Cana. Christ’s first public miracle was occasioned in part by the intercession of his mother. She helped through her foresight and concern to avoid an embarrassing situation for the newlywed couple. Our Lady of Providence is sometimes also identified as Queen of the Home.
The reader’s attention is called to a touching detail peculiar to Gaetano’s Madonna: that the Christ Child is confidently clasping His Mother’s fingers. Which the Barnabites interpret this pose to be a symbol of the sacred source of the power of the Mother of God. The Child seems to say, “Mother dear, I place in thy hands the authority to act in My name. From My infinite treasure-house do thou provide good things to all who implore thy aid.” Hence her title.
Prayer to Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home
Our Lady of Providence, I place in thy hands our beloved home. As thou art the queen of the Holy Family at Nazareth, be queen of our home. Keep our home ties unbroken–today, tomorrow, and forever, Amen.