As we continue this Month of Mercy, we focus on some of the Marian feast days we celebrate this month. On September 15th, we honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows or Mother of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa). Mary is closest to Jesus and suffers along with him during his Paschal mystery. We know from the Gospel according to John, Mary stands at the foot of the cross along with the Beloved Disciple (Jn 19:25). She then later holds the body of Jesus in her arms, which is immortalized in the sculpture titled “Pieta” by Michelangelo.
The specific devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows started in the twelfth century and the Order of the Servants of Mary, also known as the Servites, was founded in 1668. They promoted a devotion known as the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, which continues to this day. The seven sorrows of Mary are: 1) The prophecy of Simeon, 2) The flight into Egypt, 3) The Loss of Jesus in the Temple, 4) Mary meets Jesus on the way to the cross, 5) Jesus dies on the Cross, 6) Mary receives the dead body of her son, and 7) Jesus is laid in the tomb.
The opening prayer of the Mass on this feast day reminds us that our sufferings are united with Mary and Christ. So we pray, “O God, who willed that, when your Son was lifted high on the Cross, his Mother should stand close by and share his suffering, grant that your Church, participating with the Virgin Mary in the Passion of Christ, may merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
MARIAN FEAST DAYS:
- Feast of the Holy Name of Mary- Friday,September 12th 8:00am & 12:00pm
- Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows- Monday,September 15th 8:00am & 12:00pm
- Feast of Our Lady of Mercy- Wednesday,September 24th 8:00am & 12:00pm
SPECIAL MERCY DAY OUTDOOR MASS
Sunday, September 28th
12:00pm Mass under the tent at the OLOM School football field
Lunch will be provided to all
We’ve partnered with the Women’s New Life Center for our service opportunity. Items such as: diapers, newborn clothing, bassinets, and playards are needed for families in crisis and can be donated in the vestibule during the month of September.
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