April 2018 What are the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Seven Promises to its Devotees? We also have each of these prayers on single pages, along with illustrated commentary for each one, as linked below. Seven: Placing Jesus in the tomb: (Matthew 27:57–61, Mark 15:42–47, Luke 23:50–56, John 19:38–42) Jesus’ body is placed in the tomb, which is closed and sealed. In our meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, we should pray to imitate the virtues and dispositions of Our Blessed Mother, especially during her moments of greatest suffering. The chaplet cultivates devotion to Mary who leads us to her Son, and, when recited as part of a consistent prayer regime, it helps us develop spiritual discipline. I will grant peace to their families. The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. Her Seven Special Moments of Joy… The Annunciation; The Nativity of Jesus; The Adoration of the Magi; The Resurrection of Christ; The Ascension of Christ to Heaven; The Pentecost or Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary Seven Sorrows Reflection. The Seven Sorrows of Mary 1. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows. Teresa this was wonderfully written and while I was reading this tears were streaming down my face. In suffering with Mary, and inviting her to accompany us in our own suffering, we can also cultivate true compassion in the sense of suffering together. Amen. You probably didn’t know that when I was little (before school) I prayed every night to God, Mary and the angels every night. The chaplet ends here. Some suffering may teach us virtue (patience, for example), or lead us to new relationships, but truly tragic events defy explanation. She watched her Son undergo torture and death for no apparent reason other than human cruelty. Throughout the world, refugees flee violence, hunger, and poverty, while those who stay behind face death. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the devotion was revealed to St Bridget! This feast day was born of the Servite Order, and in the seventeenth and eighteenth century it spread throughout the Catholic Church. She was helpless, except to pray, but again her prayers went unanswered. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Journey to Joy: Reflections on the 7 Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary (black and white version) [Brandenburg, LC, Fr. The Crucifixion. August 2017 Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. The fact that Mary pondered God’s mysteries in her heart (Luke 2:19, 51), however, suggests that she, too, was discovering God’s plan only as it unfolded. Teresa, I plan on sharing your blog with my fellow sisters of the Daughters of Isabella. As we reflect on Mary’s sorrows and unite our own suffering to hers, the chaplet binds us together with others and compels us to alleviate others’ pain whenever possible as we journey through this life. I also was contacted by my 3rd grade teacher who happened to receive those letters and didn’t do anything with them. Why did God not just work miraculously so that Herod could not find the Holy Family, or, better yet, miraculously protect the Holy Innocents, the male children whom Herod did kill? Following are Mary’s seven sorrows, with initial reflections: One: The Prophesy: When Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at the temple, a devout man named Simeon prophesied, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed / so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too” (Luke 2:34-35). Mamma Mary invites all of us to live a life of joy, even when the clouds of sorrow paint the skies of our lives. God does not always intercede as we would like, even for His own Son who had to suffer even as a little baby. Leader: In the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary we see a reflection of the suffering and bitter anguish of the human Christ. The taking down of the … They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries. 3. January 2018 But why pray this chaplet when we already have the rosary and many other devotions? Having those items back were priceless. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple 4. If inspiration and hope can emerge from the Rwandan genocide, we too can be assured that God accompanies us through our pain even when we do not perceive Him. thericatholic.com/stories/around-the-diocese-042017,8899. When I was sharing with your mother about spirituality thoughts she gave me a book that was fantastic. Please click this link to read the Catholic Tradition on the 7 Sorrows of Mary. Although Jesus suffered greatly as man, He was also fully divine and, on that level, cognizant of why His crucifixion was happening; as the paschal lamb sent to die on our behalf, Jesus suffered meaningfully, for a redemptive purpose. This second sorrow urges us to trust God even when we do not understand. We cannot perceive why, but we weep alongside Mary. (St. Luke 2:34, 35) The flight into Egypt. Three: Losing Jesus in Jerusalem: After celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem, Jesus stayed behind without His parents’ knowing (Luke 2:43-45). Nor is it our choice. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Sorrows of Mary provides a deeper realizatoin of the meaning and joy of suffering! Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows became a standard devotion in the Church around the 14th century. No mother wants to hold her dead child, yet in this sorrow we confront the concreteness of the Incarnation. Joys and Sorrows of Motherhood: A Reflection on the Seven Sorrows of Mary. One Hail Mary for each of the seven beads: Hail Mary, full of grace. I hope you will continue sharing your thoughts with us. Who better an example of the joys and sorrows of motherhood than our Blessed Mother. She also felt sorrows that came along with motherhood, plus some. 1. She still lives in Greensburg and I still am in contact with her. I was to be a Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Prophecy of Simeon 2. She looked for him because he is her son and when she finally found him she was filled with so much joy. We depend on Jesus’ purposeful suffering to redeem us, but it can be difficult to see His pain as analogous to our own. With motherhood comes joys and sorrows (and kisses, snuggles, tantrums, bumps, bruises, and the list goes on and on.) The devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary (“Seven Dolors”) originated in thirteenth century Italy, with the establishment of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (OSM) by seven professional lay men of Florence. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,… October 2018 1 For more on this apparition, I recommend Immaculée Ilibagiza’s Our Lady of Kibeho. We cannot help but realize the immensity of pain and sorrow our Blessed Mother … Four: Meeting Jesus on the road to the cross: Tradition attests that as Jesus stumbled and carried His cross, Mary approached her Son, witnessing His anguish. Tremendous Healing Power and a different way of perceiving Suffering! February 2018 Reflection 2 – Our Lady of Sorrows. 1. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September. When God does not fulfill our prayers as we would like, we must adapt to His plan. Pray three Hail Mary’s in honor of … Mary leads us to trust God even in apparent meaninglessness or terrible tragedy. I have always admired you and your family and how you were grounded in doing service work. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The devotion consists in praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary. When I was a little older (11yrs old) I wasn’t given a choice about religion. As we and Mary share in one another’s sorrows, her example strengthens our own faithfulness, assuring us that even in suffering our confidence in God is well-placed. One can imagine Mary’s anxiety as she searched three days for her Son; she must have prayed to find Jesus, but God did not answer her prayers immediately. The crucifixion seems so final—no miraculous salvation has occurred—and we can enter Mary’s sorrow as God appears to recede from our sight. His sacrifice—which He chose to accept—was God’s will. The strong feminine current in Catholicism is always heartening to be reminded of. The Blessed Mary promises the following amazing graces granted by her Divine Son for all those who daily pray Hail Mary’s while meditating on each of her seven dolors (sorrows) and tears. The sorrowful mysteries of the traditional rosary deal with Jesus’ suffering and death, but Jesus’ pain may not speak to us in the same way as Mary’s. The Seven Dolors or Sorrows, referred to the seven swords that pierced the Immaculate Heart of Mary which was filled with love and entwined with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. November 2017 Write something about yourself. Mass First Reading: 1 Tm 3:1-13 Responsorial: Ps 101:1b-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6 Gospel: Lk 2:33-35 Reflection It seems highly appropriate after celebrating the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Church follows that with a Marian Feast, Our Lady of Sorrows, as it reflects Mary’s close presence in the life of her son, Jesus. We, too, are Mary’s children whom she embraces in our anguish and death. . The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows dates back to the Middle Ages, but it gained new popularity following the Marian apparitions in Kibeho, which have been approved by the Catholic Church. From then on I wasn’t allowed to talk about angels or Mary. Your life has sorrows. Through Mary’s example, we can cultivate faith that God knows what He’s doing, and we will find Him if we keep looking. In this sorrow, seemingly irreparable, hope for healing all but disappears. seven prayers in honor of the seven sorrows of the blessed virgin mary These seven prayers presented in this format were approved by Pope Pius VII in 1815. One Minute Reflection – 7 September – “Month of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary” – Monday of the Twenty Third week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8, Psalms 5:5-6, 7, 12, Luke 6:6-11 “On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching and there was a man whose right hand was withered.” … Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Watching a Vatican ceremony, I was introduced to the devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, the details of which were hitherto unknown to me. She suffered with her Son throughout his passion and crucifixion, but any redemptive value that her suffering contained would be completely dependent on Jesus’ sacrifice. June 2018 Here, Mary’s worst fears are realized. December 2018 No need to be fancy, just an overview. He spoke about the veneration of Our Lady of Sorrows, listing her “seven sorrows.” “The first, just 40 days after the birth of Jesus, is the prophecy of Simeon, who speaks of a sword that will pierce her heart,” he explained. It is so fitting that the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart immediately follows the Double Major Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as we reflect on those seven swords that pierced Blessed Virgin Mary's loving Heart who felt what her divine Son Jesus Christ felt and suffered. July 2017. Who better an example of the joys and sorrows of motherhood than our Blessed Mother. The prophecy of Simeon 2. You are meant for joy. Love you, Thank you, Teri, for giving us this window into what your faith means to you. Fresco of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin, by Tempesta and Cirgignani, Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome . Tragedy is simply tragedy, without higher meaning. It was revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary's Seven Sorrows would bring great signal graces. SEVEN SORROWS. Two: Flight to Egypt: To protect baby Jesus from being killed by Herod, Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). Daniel] on Amazon.com. Your comment will be posted after it is approved. December 2017 2 Some portrayals, such as that in María de Jesús de Ágreda’s Mystical City of God, show Mary to be fully aware of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice and coming resurrection. Through Mary, we can access the other suffering of the crucifixion—the human suffering that isn’t necessarily redemptive or purposeful, but simply is. They put fear in us if we did. But because so many people rejected Jesus, Mary’s immaculate heart grew weary and sad that people were rejecting God. The Flight into Egypt 3. 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