Our Lady standing beneath the Cross is one of the most poignant scenarios in the entire Scriptures. Here is a perfect woman, one who never sinned, one who was made by God to be the Theotokos, the Mother of God, standing watching the great evil perpetrated against her son.
She is perfection suffering with Perfection. My Jesuit mentor writes this: “But what passes our comprehension is, that we may truly say that this martyrdom for thirty-three years, knowing, to the smallest particular, al that awaited her form the hour of Simeon’s prophecy. Well does the Church style her Queen of Martyrs, and apply to her the words of the Psalmist, ‘My life is wasted with grief, and my years in sighs.'”
“Let us think of this when thus gazing on the picture of our Lady at the foot of the cross, and we shall find our hearts filled with love, compassion, and childlike devotion; we shall account our sufferings but trifles, and gain courage to bear or surmount then.”
I belong to the Third Order honoring Our Lady of Sorrows. Here is the main website. http://www.dolorans.com/ and here is the winter newsletter with good news.
In the EF, in olden days, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows was the Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Now, it is September 15th, near the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. Here is my old posting on this: may you consider joining.
As I belong to the Third Order of the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, which is connected to Fr. Chad Ripperger’s new order and the Auxilium Christianorum, this is “our” day.Here is a site and there is an email for more information at the bottom. The Doloran Fathers write this:The priests of the nascent Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, the “Doloran Fathers,” work in cooperation with our local bishop to provide the assistance of the rites and prayers of our Holy Mother, the Church to some of the most spiritually afflicted suffering souls, many unable to find relief or deliverance from their affliction for years. Characterized as semi-contemplative, a good deal of prayer is required of the Doloran priests each day to support their challenging mission. How does one “celebrate” such a feast day? With great gratitude that Our Lady willed her own Son’s suffering…
I had this holy card as a very young girl and I remember looking carefully at it. I do not know what happened to it. As our Sorrowful Mother, Mary is also the Mediatrix of All Grace and the Co-Redemptrix. I can hardly wait until the Church proclaims this title, which so many in the Church desire her to formally .