Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Lady of Sorrows

Holy Cards for Your Inspiration:

THE PROPHECY OF SIMEON.
Mary and Joseph took the Child Jesus to the Temple. Simeon,inspired by the Holy Spirit, met them and told Joseph and Mary of the great sufferings of Jesus and Mary. He told Mary that a sword would pierce her heart. How great was the shock to Mary's heart at hearing the sorrowful words.

THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
The angel told Joseph to flee with Mary and the Child Jesus because of what might happen to Jesus. Consider the sorrow of Mother Mary when she and Joseph had to suddenly flee by night to protect child Jesus in that land of exile.

THE LOSS OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
How dread was the grief of Mary when she realized the Child Jesus was not with them. With sorrow in their hearts, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to look for the Child Jesus.

MARY MEETS JESUS CARRYING HIS CROSS
Mary meets Jesus, with the crown of thorns adorned His head! Blood ran down His face! A heavy cross on His back! Wounded, His whole body covered with bleeding wounds! Consider, the tremendous grief of Mother Mary as their eyes met.

THE CRUCIFIXION
The Sorrow of the Mother seeing her beloved Son cruelly nailed to the cross. She stood at the foot of the cross. Behold Thy Mother! Let us resolve always to look upon Mary as our Mother and remember that she never fails her children.

MARY RECEIVED THE BODY OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS
Ponder the bitter sorrow of Mary when the body of her dear Son was lowered from the cross and placed in her arms. Her Heart was pierced with a sword and His Heart was pierced with a lance. O mournful Mother, our hearts are softened with sorrow upon seeing such affliction.

THE BODY OF JESUS IS PLACED IN A TOMB
What grief for the Mother to accompany her Son's Body to the grave,as she gazed a last time on the lifeless body of her Son, and the great stone was rolled to seal the entrance to the tomb.



Via Catholic Fire:

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition. Today we are invited to reflect on Mary's deep suffering:

1. At the prophecy of Simeon: "You yourself shall be pierced with a sword - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare." (Luke, 2:35).

2. At the flight into Egypt; "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt." (Matt. 2:13).

3. Having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem; "You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow." (Luke 2:48).

4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary.

5. Standing at the foot of the Cross; "Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." (John, 19:25).

6. Jesus being taken from the Cross

7. At the burial of Christ.
The Lion and the Cardinal:
Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
Dum pendebat Filius.

Cuius animam gementem,
Contristatam et dolentem
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta,
Mater Unigeniti!

Quae maerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater, dum videbat
Nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
Dolentem cum Filio?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
Vidit Iesum in tormentis,
Et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
Moriendo desolatum,
Dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum
Ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
Tam dignati pro me pati,
Poenas mecum divide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.

Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociare
In planctu desidero.

Virgo virginum praeclara,
Mihi iam non sis amara,
Fac me tecum plangere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
Passionis fac consortem,
Et plagas recolere.

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
Fac me Cruce inebriari,
Et cruore Filii.

Flammis ne urar succensus,
Per te, Virgo, sim defensus
In die iudicii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
Da per Matrem me venire
Ad palmam victoriae.

Quando corpus morietur,
Fac, ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria. Amen.
Nuestra Señora
de los Dolores:

Mother,
who didst stand by Him whilst
He hung upon the cross,
Pray for us.
Mother,
who didst receive Him into thine
arms when He was dead,
Pray for us.
Mother,
who didst see Him
buried in the tomb,
Pray for us.

—Litany of the Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary

4 comments:

Annie said...

Beautiful post, Carlos. I love Holy Cards. I have countless numbers.

Carlos Echevarria said...

thanks Annie, there is a great site for them, which i hyperlinked, the top photo comes from it...

In Mary's Image said...

Carlos, what a nice break from the world of politics. Thank you for blessing us with your efforts today.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Thank you Claudia, it is a work in progress but your comments really validate my efforts in this regard...they bring me more joy than you can imagine, especially when we celebrate the Queen Mother.