September, Month Of The Seven Sorrows Of Mary

The chaplet recalls the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of God endured in compassion for the suffering and death of her Divine Son. The Seven Dolors are taken from Scripture events and the devotion has a long history, and developed gradually. Before Pope Pius VII’s formal approval, the Servite Order had permission in 1668 to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Dolors because the Order was instrumental in popularizing the Seven Sorrows Devotion. Members of the Servite Order actively promoted the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows during the time of the Black Death (1347-1351).

For those of us who are not familiar with the Seven Sorrows of Mary, here they are:                                                             

1. The Prophesy of Simeon – This was at the Presentation in the Temple, when Simeon prophesied of Jesus’ future suffering, as well as Mary’s:         

Luke 2:33-35  33The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 2. The Flight Into Egypt – Joseph and Mary had to get Jesus out of the                      country in order to protect Him from Herod:                                                   

Matthew 2:13  13When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”

3. Loss Of The Child Jesus In The Temple – Joseph and Mary searched for Jesus for three days, not knowing where He could be:                                                

Luke 2:44 46  44 – Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions,

4. Jesus And Mary Meet On The Way Of The Cross – Imagine what must have been going on in Mary’s heart and mind when she saw Him struggling to get to His own execution.

5. The Crucifixion – Unless I am a mother, can I possibly completely empathize with the pain of Mary as her Son hangs from the cross, struggling for each and every breath? Even if we have our own children, can we claim Mary’s exact level of agony?:                                                                                          

John 19: 25-27 25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

6. The Taking Down Of The Body Of Jesus From The Cross – Mary has watched as her Son was tortured. She has seen a lance pierce Jesus’ side. She has watched Him die and, yet, she lives on to suffer – even as His own suffering has ended.                     

John 19 33-38 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, 34 but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe. 36 For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled: “Not a bone of it will be broken.” 37And again another passage says: “They will look upon him whom they have pierced.” 38After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body.

7. The Burial Of Jesus – Mary says her final “Goodbye” to her Son and He is laid to rest in the tomb:   

John 19:39-42 39 Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. 41 Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. 42So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.   

We can only imagine the pain that Mary experienced in her heart as she walked with her Son throughout His suffering passion. Perhaps made even more severe through her own innocence, purity and sinlessness, and her knowledge of His Divine Personhood.

In some ways, it was not Just her Son who was sacrificed – it was also His mother, Mary. 

Oh God,

Come To My Assistance,

Oh Lord,

Make Haste to Help Me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, 

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, 

World without end.

Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Virgin Most Sorrowful!

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech you that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, whose soul was pierced by the Sword of Sorrow in  the hour of  Your Passion, may be our advocate at the throne of Your Mercy, now and at the hour of our death.

Through You, Lord Jesus, Redeemer of the World, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Amen.

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When You Can’t Get To Mass – Some Daily Devotional Ideas/Options

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DAY 46, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – PRIEST: BORDER WALKERS

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Gospel Reading – John 1:47-51

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Reflection and Meditation

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Explaining the Faith – How to Bring Loved Ones Back to the Church

We have an opportunity — and a responsibility — to get people excited about the faith. Learn from Father Chris Alar how to evangelize and get our loved ones to come back to God and the Church.

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Gospel Reading – Luke 9:46-50

An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Reflection and Meditation

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DAY 45, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – YOU ARE A COMMISSIONED OFFICER

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“The Deer’s Cry”, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, sung by Angelina, (EWTN)

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DAY 44, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – “CAN’T QUIT, WON’T FAIL, PUT ME IN THE FIGHT!”

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Mt. 21:28 – 32

28-31a: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go.
Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’
31b-32: Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.’

Reflection and Meditation

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Cardinal Arinze: The Question Of Voting Abortion

…Or support those who support abortion…

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DAY 43, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – O.I.L. ~ OBEDIENCE IN LOVE

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Gospel Reading – Luke 9:43b-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Reflection and Meditation

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No Body But Yours…

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

– Attributed to St. Teresa of Avila

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Gospel Reading – Luke 9:18-22

 

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Reflection and Meditation…

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