Mass of Thanksgiving
January 8th

In 1815, in gratitude for the miracle of America's victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the Ursulines, along with Bishop Louis Du Bourg, made a promise to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving each year on the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, January 8.

In 1895, the statue, gilded in gold, was crowned by Decree of His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII; and in 1928, the Holy See approved and confirmed the naming of Our Lady of Prompt Succor as the Principal Patroness of the City of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana.

Standing in the central niche over the main altar on State Street, she welcomes all who come to honor her, to thank her for her intercession, and to pray for her help and protection, not only from global wars and devastating storms but, also, in overcoming greater enemies...poverty, illness, ignorance, racism, and violence.

Andrew Jackson

Jackson, himself, exclaimed, "While, by the blessing of Heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of the war was obtained!"

Read more about the account of January 8, 1815 from the annals of the Ursuline Sisters.

Annals Of the Ursuline Sisters