Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Woman Of Seven Sorrows
September is the month dedicated to the seven sorrows of our Blessed Mother. It is also a month with several Marian feast days. On September 8th, we celebrate the Nativity of Mary and on September 15th we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. September 14th is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, not a Marian feast day strictly speaking, but Our Lady was at the cross and it is one of her seven sorrows; we can therefore certainly remember her on that day as well.
No one was closer to Jesus than His Mother. As we recall her sorrows throughout this month, let us ask her to bring us closer to her Divine Son, and may she teach us to love Him more and better.
The website of the Seven Dolors of Mary has some beautiful meditations on each of the seven sorrows as well as other beautiful prayers. You can access the site through this post or by clicking the image on my sidebar.
I will leave you with this musical Scriptural meditation on Our Lady's Seven Sorrows
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.