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September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to her feast day on September 15, the month of September has traditionally been set aside to honor Our Lady of Sorrows. All the sorrows of Mary (the prophecy of Simeon, the three days' loss, etc.) are merged in the supreme suffering at the Passion. In the Passion, Mary suffered a martyrdom of the heart because of Our Lord's torments and the greatness of her love for Him. "She it was," says Pope Pius XII, "who immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love. As a new Eve, she made this offering for all the children of Adam contaminated through his unhappy fall. Thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became by a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members."

INVOCATIONS
Mary most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us.
Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.

TO THE QUEEN OF MARTYRS
Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace, and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

TO THE MOTHER OF SORROWS
Most holy Virgin. and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

IN HONOR OF THE SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
O most holy and afflicted Virgin! Queen of Martyrs! thou who didst stand motionless beneath the Cross, witnessing the agony of thy expiring Son--through the unceasing sufferings of thy life of sorrow, and the bliss which now more than amply repays thee for thy past trials, look down with a mother's tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before thee to venerate thy dolors, and place my requests, with filial confidence, in the sanctuary of thy wounded heart; present them, I beseech thee, on my behalf, to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred death and passion, together with thy sufferings at the foot of the cross, and through the united efficacy of both obtain the grant of my present petition. To whom shall I resort in my wants and miseries if not to thee, O Mother of Mercy, who, having so deeply drunk of the chalice of thy Son, canst compassionate the woes of those who still sigh in the land of exile? Offer for me to my Savior one drop of the Blood which flowed from His sacred veins, one of the tears which trickled from His divine eyes, one of the sighs which rent His adorable Heart. O refuge of the universe and hope of the whole world, do not reject my humble prayer, but graciously obtain the grant of my petition.

TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS
O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.    --Saint Bonaventure

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

Litany of Our Lady Of 7 Sorrows

Lord, have mercy on us.       
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, .
God the Holy Ghost, 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
Mother of the Crucified, 
Sorrowful Mother, 
Mournful Mother, 
Sighing Mother, 
Afflicted Mother, 
Foresaken Mother, .
Desolate Mother, 
Mother most sad, 
Mother set around with anguish, 
Mother overwhelmed by grief, 
Mother transfixed by a sword, 
Mother crucified in thy heart, 
Mother bereaved of thy Son, 
Sighing Dove, 
Mother of Dolors, 
Fount of tears, 
Sea of bitterness, 
Field of tribulation, 
Mass of suffering, 
Mirror of patience, 
Rock of constancy, 
Remedy in perplexity, 
Joy of the afflicted, 
Ark of the desolate, 
Refuge of the abandoned,.
Shiled of the oppressed, 
Conqueror of the incredulous, 
Solace of the wretched, 
Medicine of the sick, 
Help of the faint, 
Strength of the weak, 
Protectress of those who fight, 
Haven of the shipwrecked, 
Calmer of tempests, 
Companion of the sorrowful, 
Retreat of those who groan, 
Terror of the treacherous, 
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs, 
Treasure of the Faithful, 
Light of Confessors, 
Pearl of Virgins, .
Comfort of Widows, .
Joy of all Saints, 
Queen of thy Servants,
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin, 


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That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray, --- O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end, 
Amen.

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

1. The Prophecy of Simeon 
2. The Flight into Egypt .
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple 
4. Mary meets Jesus Carrying the Cross 
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Her Son
7. The Burial of Her Son and Closing of the Tomb.
Consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows

Most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, Mary, would that I could be in Heaven, there to contemplate the honors rendered to thee by the Most Holy Trinity and by the whole Heavenly Court! But since I am still a pilgrim in this vale of tears, receive from me, thy unworthy servant and a poor sinner, the most sincere homage and the most perfect act of vassalage a human creature can offer thee. 
In thy Immaculate Heart, pierced with so many swords of sorrow, I place today my poor soul forever; receive me as a partaker in thy dolors, and never suffer that I should depart from that Cross on which thy only begotten Son expired for me. 
With thee, O Mary, I will endure all the sufferings, contradictions, infirmities, with which it will please thy Divine Son to visit me in this life. All of them I offer to thee, in memory of the Dolors which thou didst suffer during thy life, that every thought of my mind, every beating of my heart may henceforward be an act of compassion to thy Sorrows, and of complacency for the glory thou now enjoyest in Heaven. 
Since then, O Dear Mother, I now compassionate thy Dolors, and rejoice in seeing thee glorified, do thou also have compassion on me, and reconcile me to thy Son Jesus, that I may become thy true and loyal son (daughter); come on my last day and assist me in my last agony, even as thou wert present at the Agony of thy Divine Son Jesus, that from this painful exile I may go to Heaven, there to be made partaker of thy glory.
Amen.

 



5 posted on 09/23/2006 9:31:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

The Manner of the Resurrection of the Dead



[35] But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind
of body do they come?" [36] You foolish man! What you sow does not
come to life unless it dies. [37] And what you sow is not the body
which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other
grain.

[42] So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perish-
able, what is raised is imperishable. [43] It is sown in dishonor, it is
raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. [44] It is
sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physi-
cal body, there is also a spiritual body. [45] Thus it is written, "The
first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-
giving spirit. [46] But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physi-
cal, and then the spiritual. [47] The first man was from the earth, a
man of dust; the second man is from heaven. [48] As was the man of
dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven,
so are those who are of heaven. [49] Just as we have borne the image
of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
[50] I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.



Commentary:

35-38. Now that he has shown that the dead will rise, St Paul goes on
to deal with what form this resurrection will take. He postulates certain
questions (v. 35) and replies to them using comparisons taken from the
vegetable, animal and mineral worlds, to help explain what this resurrec-
tion involves (vv. 36-41). He goes on to describe the qualities of the ri-
sen body (vv. 42-44), referring in particular to one of those qualities, its
spiritual nature or "subtility" (vv. 44-50). He then describes the circum-
stances in which the general resurrection will take place (vv. 51-53),
and he ends with a hymn of joy and thanksgiving for all these wonders
of God (vv. 54-58).

36-41. The Apostle uses the analogy of a seed to explain what resur-
rection involves: just as a seed has to corrupt in order to yield new
life, the body has to die in order to be raised up. In the process of
becoming a new plant the seed takes on a new form: the plant is
something distinct from the original seed; similarly, risen bodies will
be endowed with new qualities which they did not have during their
mortal life (cf. note on vv. 42-44).

By referring to the difference in the flesh of different animals and to
the way that one star shines differently from another, St Paul is trying
to explain that risen bodies are also differentiated, the differences
being a function of charity (cf. "St Pius V Catechism", I, 12, 13).

42-44. These verses are the basis of tile Church's teaching about the
qualities of glorified bodies-impassibility or incorruptibility, glory or
brightness, power or agility, subtility or spirituality. This is

what the "St Pius V Catechism" has to say on the subject: "The
bodies of the risen saints will be distinguished by certain transcen-
dent endowments, which will ennoble them far beyond their former
condition. Among these endowments four are specially mentioned
by the Fathers, which they infer from the doctrine of St Paul and
which are called 'gifts'.

"The first endowment or gift is impassibility, which shall place them
beyond the reach of suffering anything disagreeable or of being affec-
ted by pain or inconvenience of any sort [...]. 'What is sown' says
the Apostle, 'is perishable, what is raised is imperishable' (1 Cor
15:42) [...]. The next quality is brightness, by which the bodies of
the saints shall shine like the sun [...]. This quality the Apostle
sometimes calls "glory". [...] This brightness is a sort of radiance
reflected on the body from the supreme happiness of the soul. It is
a participation in that bliss which the soul enjoys, just as the soul
itself is rendered happy by a participation in the happiness of God.
Unlike the gift of impassibility, this quality is not common to all in
the same degree. All the bodies of the saints will be equally impas-
sible; but the bright- ness of all will not be the same, for, according
to the Apostle, 'there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of
the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star
in glory' (1 Cor 15:41-42).

"To the preceding quality is united that which is called agility, by
which the body will be freed from the heaviness that now presses it
down, and will take on a capability of moving with the utmost ease
and swiftness, wherever the soul pleases [...]. Hence these words
of the Apostle: 'It is sown in weakness, it is raised in glory' (I Cor
15:43). Another quality is that of subtility, which subjects the body
to the dominion of the soul, so that the body shall be subject to the
soul and ever ready to follow her desires. This quality we learn from
these words of the Apostle: 'It is sown a physical body, it is raised
a spiritual body" (1 Cor 15:44)" (I, 12, 13).

The bodies of the reprobate do not have these qualities proper to
glorified bodies (cf. "St Pius X Catechism", 246).

44-50. The Apostle develops what he has said about those who rise
having spiritual bodies--which might seem to be a self-contradictory
notion. Through descent from Adam, whose body was formed from
the dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7), men receive an earthly animal
body which is destined to perish; Christ, the new Adam, when he
comes again will give his own a heavenly body, perfect and immortal:
"It is called a spiritual body," St Augustine says, "not because it has
become a spirit but because it is in such a way subject to the spirit,
to fit it for its heavenly abode, that every kind of earthly weakness
and imperfection is changed into a heavenly permanence ("De Fide
Et Symbolo", chap. VI).

Even in this present life the Christian should strive to reflect this
image of "the man of heaven", by reproducing in himself the life of
Christ: having died to sin through Baptism he has already been raised
with Christ to a new life (cf. Col 3:1-4). Christ's resurrection, St Thomas
Aquinas explains, "is an exemplary cause with regard to the resurrec-
tion of souls, because even in our souls we must be conformed with
the risen Christ, the Apostle says (Rom 6:4-11): 'Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, that we too might walk in
newness of life [...]. Christ being raised from the dead shall never die
again [...] so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin', so that
you 'might live with him' (1 Thess 5:10)" ("Summa Theologiae", III, q.
56, a. 2).

45. Commenting on this verse, St John of Avila explains that "God
created the first man and blew into his face, he gave him the breath
of life, and he became a living being. "Et factus est primus Adam in
animam viventem, novissimus Adam in spiritum vivificantem" (1 Cor
15:45). The second Adam was made, Jesus Christ, and not only was
he given and did he have life for himself like the first Adam, but he had
it for many others. Christ has a living spirit, a life-giving spirit which
raises up those of us who desire to live. Let us go to Christ, let us
seek Christ, who has the breath of life. No matter how evil you be,
how lost, how disorientated, if you go to him, if you seek him, he will
make you well, he will win you over and set you right and heal you"
("Sermon on Pentecost Sunday").



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".
Biblical text from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate.
Commentaries by members of the Faculty of Theology, University
of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin,
Ireland.
Reprinted with permission from from Four Courts Press and Scepter
Publishers, the U.S. publishers.


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