Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows
"All the sorrows of Mary...are merged in the supreme suffering at the Passion. In the Passion, Mary suffered a martyrdom of the heart because of Our Lord's torments and the greatness of her love for Him.

'She it was,' says Pope Pius XII, 'who immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love.

As a new Eve, she made this offering for all the children of Adam contaminated through his unhappy fall.

Thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became by a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members."
- The Prayer Book, Catholic Press, Inc.

To Our Lady of Sorrows

O most holy Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed
the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son,
look upon me with eyes of compassion,
awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings,
as well as a sincere detestation of my sins,
in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the
passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem,
and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be
directed towards this one most desirable object.
Honor, glory and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy
and immaculate Mother of God.


Saint Bonaventure
Note: The faithful who, during the month of September, pray or perform other devotions in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sorrowing, may gain: an indulgence of 5 years once, on any day of the month; a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if they persevere daily in this devout practice throughout the entire month.

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