Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Seven Sorrows of Mary -a photo essay

September 15 is the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. Mary is called the Queen of Martyrs by the Church, for in the death of Jesus, Mary suffered more by compassion than did all the other martyrs who sacrificed their own lives. Saint Bernard tells us that Mary's martyrdom proceeded from the bitter sorrow of her own heart, verifying in her the prophecy of Simeon, "Thy own soul a sword shall pierce." Mary suffered more in witnessing the Passion and Death of her Son than she would have done if these torments were inflicted on her own body. Saint Bonaventure tells us that all the wounds that were scattered over the body of Jesus were united in the heart of Mary, to torment her in the Passion of her Son.

Click on any photo to enlarge it.

The Prophesy of Simeon over the Tender Infant Jesus

The Desperate Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt

The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days

The Sorrowful Meeting of Jesus & Mary Along the Way of The Cross.

Mary Watches Her Divine Son Suffer and Die upon the Cross

Jesus is Struck by the Lance of a soldier, Taken Down from the Cross

and Placed in His Poor Mother's Arms

Mary Watches

As the Body of Her Divine Son is Buried in a Tomb

To learn how to pray the Rosary of the Seven Dolors of Mary, go here.


Marilena said...

wonderful photo essay!

paramedicgirl said...

Thanks, M. It took me over two hours to find all the pictures and choose the best ones.

Are you going to Mass today? We are having a high Mass tonight in honour of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. I plan on going; I have been blessed to be able to still attend Mass on Mary's feast days even though I am working 12 hour shifts on a full time basis. (Just one of the things I pray to Mary for...)

Owen said...

Thank you for your investment of time.

Shirley said...

Thanks for this post; wonderful paintings. We sometimes forget how much Mary suffered. Could you please pray for Pete C. today; it is his birthday.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful--each one Very moving.

Patrick said...

Interesting photo-essay!

I have just put up a sort of an essay about the crucifixion on my blog.