Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Holy Mother Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows and specifically honors her on September 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This date is most fitting to remember the suffering and sorrow the Blessed Mother endured as she stood at the foot of her Son's cross, since on the previous day, September 14, the Church celebrates the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Jesus' instrument of victory over death.

 As we meditate on the seven sorrows of Our Lady, may we seek her help in accepting our crosses, striving daily to imitate her holy example. May we ask her to help us remain focused on that which is truly important, not the things of this world, but eternal happiness in heaven. In the following prayer to Mary, we remember her swords of sorrow and ask her, Our dearest Mother, to intercede for us and our intentions.

Virgin, most sorrowful, pray for us!

In Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O most holy and afflicted Virgin! Queen of Martyrs! thou who didst stand motionless beneath the Cross, witnessing the agony of thy expiring Son--through the unceasing sufferings of thy life of sorrow, and the bliss which now more than amply repays thee for thy past trials, look down with a mother's tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before thee to venerate thy dolors, and place my requests, with filial confidence, in the sanctuary of thy wounded heart; present them, I beseech thee, on my behalf, to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred death and passion, together with thy sufferings at the foot of the cross, and through the united efficacy of both obtain the grant of my present petition. To whom shall I resort in my wants and miseries if not to thee, O Mother of Mercy, who, having so deeply drunk of the chalice of thy Son, canst compassionate the woes of those who still sigh in the land of exile? Offer for me to my Savior one drop of the Blood which flowed from His sacred veins, one of the tears which trickled from His divine eyes, one of the sighs which rent His adorable Heart. O refuge of the universe and hope of the whole world, do not reject my humble prayer, but graciously obtain the grant of my petition.

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