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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows will be celebrated at all masses today.

From the Pastor:

For the month of September, dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, we have just received this beautiful picture of the Madonna by Bartolomeo Esteban Murillo as a gift from one of our parishioners. Bartolomeo was baptized January 1, 1618, in Seville, Spain and he died on April 3, 1682. He is one of the most popular Baroque religious painters of 17th-century Spain, noted for his idealized, sometimes precious manner. Among his chief patrons were the religious orders, especially the Franciscans, and the confraternities in Sevilla (Seville) and Andalusia.

Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a “Feast of the Sorrows of Mary” in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.

In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727 and assigned it to the Friday before Palm Sunday.

Some Churches had previously celebrated this feast during the Easter season. Others, however, celebrated the Joys of the Blessed Virgin during the Easter season, as is still done today at Braga. In some places it was entitled “Recollection of the Feasts and Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
Excerpted from The Church at Prayer, Vol. IV A.G. Martimort.

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor

The 7 Sorrows of Our Lady:
1. The prophecy of Simeon (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
2. The flight in Egypt (St Matthew 2:13, 14)
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St Luke 2:43-45)
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The Burial of Jesus.

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Sep 15 2011 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2012 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2013 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2014 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2015 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2016 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2017 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2018 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 15 2019 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
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