Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 2020

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Happy Feast Day!

“It is quite deliberate that the Church follows yesterday’s Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross with today's Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, she who shared in the sufferings of her Blessed Son at every stage of his life including or, rather, especially at the foot of the cross,” said Dawn Hausmann, Director of Consecrated Vocations for the Diocese of Lansing, September 15.

“Saint Paul in his Letter to the Colossians speaks of his sufferings 'filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church,' (Colossians 1:24) which reminds us that we too can unite our sorrows to Christ’s Passion and, thus, collaborate in God’s work of salvation just as Mary did as daughter of the Father, mother of the Son and spouse of the Holy Spirit.”  

Today’s feast dates back to the 12th century. It was especially promoted by the Cistercians and the Order of Servants of Mary, also known as the Servites, so much so that in the 14th and 15th centuries it was widely celebrated throughout the Church.

In 1482 the feast was added to the Roman Missal under the title of “Our Lady of Compassion”. Servant of God Pope Benedict XIII added it to the Roman Calendar in 1727 on the Friday before Palm Sunday. In 1913, Pope Saint Pius X fixed the date on September 15.

Today’s feast also brings to mind the motto of the Diocese of Lansing: Iuxta Crucem Iesu, which is taken from St. John’s account of the Crucifixion: “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother,” (John 19:25). In all, the seven sorrows of Mary are:

 

  • The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
  • The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  • Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
  • Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
  • Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
  • The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
  • The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

 

Have a very happy and holy feast day. Ave Maria!