It’s Friday: Mater Dolorosa

It has been pointed out to me that I haven’t posted anything of my own in quite some time. It’s true, and I’ve been aware of it. (I actually have a number of half written things and ideas, I just need to finish them.) While it is true that my “It’s Friday” posts are not my own work, they are a form of personal devotion for me.

So here is a May edition. May is devotionally dedicated to Mary. Throughout the centuries a number of different devotional practices have developed around seeing the passion of Christ from Mary’s perspective. Today I am posting the “Seven Sorrows of Mary” which you may choose to meditate on.

And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. –       The Gospel According to Luke 2:34,35

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
  2. The Flight to Egypt. (Mt 2:13)
  3. Losing Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:43-45)
  4. Mary meeting Jesus as he carried his cross.
  5. The Crucifixion
  6. The piercing of the side of Christ.
  7. The Burial of Jesus.


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