Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Mother – Preparing Ourselves for Holy Week

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Our Lady of Sorrows, surrounded by her seven dolours: the Prophesy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Three Day’s Loss of Jesus, the Meeting with Jesus on the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion of Jesus, the Body of Jesus is placed in the arms of His Mother, the Body of Jesus is placed in the Sepulcher.

As we embark upon the week of Our Lord’s Passion, it would be a good time to reflect upon the seven swords that pierced the heart of our Dear Mother…The Ever Blessed Virgin Mary…and Her Seven Sorrows… seven.jpg

Traditionally the Feast of the Seven sorrows is commemorated on the 15th of September…but as we enter Holy Week…starting with Palm Sunday, or rather, Passion Sunday, it is a good time for us to reflect…a good time for us to remember, the suffering Our Lady endured. For even though She was unblemished from the stain of  original sin… she suffered unspeakable pain in union with her dear Son, Jesus... It is important for us to meditate on the vital role She played in the salvation of man…it is also a good time for us to remember that we must embrace Her, as our own Mother...

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’. Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” (John 19:26-27).

The Devotion of the Seven Sorrows  provides us with a means of uniting ourselves with the The Blessed Virgin, as well as with the sufferings of Christ. By meditating on the ‘Way of the Cross’ and by uniting ourselves with His Holy Mother and the sufferings She bore, we are able to enter into Jesus’ Heart and honor Him greatly…which brings honor to the Virgin as well.

As Catholics, making our way through life, while trying to follow the path of Christ and the ways of the Holy Mother Church; we are going to encounter difficulties…There will be times when a burden upon us will seem too great and the weight of it will threaten to crush our very souls…It will be during these times that we must find Our Mother, and the comfort of Her embrace…She has endured all the trials…all the pains of the world….with a love and humility that showed the depth of her love for the Lord… She will help us in our need… from out of that same depth.

If we want to remain steadfast and persevere in upholding the True Faith when all else is crumbling round us…When the blows of persecution are headed in our direction…we must develop a devotion to the Sorrowful Heart of Mary…She will lead us to her Son…She will lead us to a deeper devotion to the very Heart of Jesus…which is the very fountain of mercy and Love…the very well spring of Truth.

This coming Holy Week as we travel the narrow road to Calvary… embarking on our own path to holiness...Let us keep our gaze upon the Wood of the Cross…and fall to our knees in sorrow, as we witness the harsh reality of the pain and anguish our sins cause not only our Lord, but the Blessed Mother as well… as we watch them tear into the flesh of Jesus… Then, as He struggles under the weight of the Cross….let us grieve with the Blessed Mother and ask Her to obtain for us the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude… so that we may join Her in never taking our eyes off Jesus…regardless of the pain involved…

As we reach the foot of the Cross, let us stand with Our Dear Mother, watching as Jesus takes His last breath and speaks His final words…and dies on the Cross… let us suffer with Her as She endures a martyrdom within Her heart…all the while, trusting God with complete obedience and love… Then with humility, let us ask Her to help us …So that with Her help….and God’s grace, we may stand firm in our resolve to overcome the temptations of the devil and submit ourselves to God’s holy Will as we wait in eager anticipation, for His Resurrection on Easter.  Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, pray for us. Amen.




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