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.
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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
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.