Our Lady of America

Gracious Virgin, Lady of America, victory will come to those who put their trust in the strength of your arms.  Deliver your faithful servant from every kind of trouble.  You are joy to the distressed, strength to the oppressed, nourishment for those who despair.  You console all who feel estranged.  You visit and heal all the sick and comfort all the depressed.  You are heavenly assistance to the lonely and a special protection to those who honor you.

Receive again, today my dedication to you, as Our Lady of America.  May your name and fame and your lobe be made known through me.  As I bring Americans to the knowledge and love of you and your Divine Son, place me under the wings of your protection, for you O Mother of God, are my hope.

Saint Ann’s has the proud distinction of being the Shrine Church of the Holy Icon of Our Lady of America. Commissioned in 1972, by then Pastor Fr. Albert Gorayeb, the icon took 3 years to complete.  Our Lady is adorned with 2,300 precious stones and silver gifted by various people.  Fr. Al dedicated the Icon of Our Lady to bless the American people, hence the title Our Lady of America.

On June 27, 1976 Patriarch Maximos V Hakim and Archbishop Joseph Tawil solemnly blessed and consecrated the Icon, as a special blessing to America and to all those who pray before Her.

The icon is property of the Melkite Diocese of America, but will always be housed at St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church.  The icon has gone on pilgrimage to parishes that request Her presence but She always returned home to St. Ann, as if Mary, the daughter was returning to Ann the Mother.

Through the Prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us!