Today, 15 September, is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Church remembers the sorrows of Our Lady because she participated in the redemption of man with and under Christ.
Christ enabled Mary’s suffering to be fruitful.
Mary gave birth to all of us at the foot of the cross. You know that woman travailing in pangs of birth in the book of Revelation? In the encyclical on the Immaculate Conception the Holy Father says: Quote:
24. Leaving aside charity towards God, who can contemplate the Immaculate Virgin without feeling moved to fulfill that precept which Christ called peculiarly His own, namely that of loving one another as He loved us? “A great sign,” thus the Apostle St. John describes a vision divinely sent him, appears in the heavens: “A woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars upon her head” (Apoc. xii., 1). Everyone knows that this woman signified the Virgin Mary, the stainless one who brought forth our Head. The Apostle continues: "And, being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered"yet travailing in a mysterious childbirth. What birth was it? Surely it was the birth of us who, still in exile, are yet to be generated to the perfect charity of God, and to eternal happiness. And the birth pains show the love and desire with which the Virgin from heaven above watches over us, and strives with unwearying prayer to bring about the fulfillment of the number of the elect. (Apoc. xii., 2). John therefore saw the Most Holy Mother of God already in eternal happiness,
In one sentence:
She who gave birth to our Head, Jesus Christ, must, consequently, give birth to the entire body.
The seven sorrows of Our Lady are the following:
- The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus.(Luke 2:34)
- The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family. (Matthew 2:13)
- The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days. (Luke 2:43)
- The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross. (Luke 23:26)
- The Crucifixion where Mary stands at the foot of the cross. (John 19:25)
- The Descent from the Cross where Mary receives the dead body of Jesus in her arms. (Matthew 27:57)
- The Burial of Jesus. (John 19:40)
I invite everyone to recite one Hail Mary prayer while meditating on each of her sorrows in honor of this day. For those who faithfully do this devotion, many graces have been promised and I testify to the efficacy of this prayer.
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us!