Friday is Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the BVM
#1
The Seven Sorrows is a devotion close to my heart.  In fact, I pray the Servite Rosary more than the Dominican one.

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Let's remember the sorrows the BVM suffered accompanying Christ in His life by reciting the Stabat Mater of St. Thomas Aquinas.

I love you Blessed Virgin, my mother; your tears are more precious than diamonds to me. ~Quis


(English Version below)

Stabat mater dolorosa
juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

Cuyus animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem,
pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigeniti.

Quae moerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater cum videbat
Nati poenas incliti.

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 Jesum 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 judicii

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria.

Amen.


At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelm'd in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother's pain untold?

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd,
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above;
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourn'd for me,
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy cross my victory.

While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee.

Amen.

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#2
She is the patron of my church--Our Lady of Sorrows. We have a patronal High Mass tomorrow night that I unfortunately can't go to because I have to work. The good thing, though, is we get two feast days per year.
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#3
Thanks for the reminder Quis.  My daily devotion to the Seven Dolors of Mary too.  I believe this is also commemorated in the liturgy on Sept 15, the day after the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  I hope more Catholics would share this devotion and console Our Lady in her Sorrow.

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#4
Great timing!  I was just reading the propers for today and noticed that.  I've seen that there are indulgences to be gained through this, does anyone have any information on that?  In my missal it says:

To the faithful that shall utter some devout prayers in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows, with the intention to do this nine days whatever period of the year, is granted:  (indulgences listed here)

The wording is messing me up.
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Go thy ways, old Jack;
die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be
not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a
shotten herring. There live not three good men
unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and
grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say.
I would I were a weaver; I could sing psalms or any
thing. A plague of all cowards, I say still.
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#5
Interestingly, she appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows during the miracle of the sun on Oct 13, 1917. I wonder what the significance of that was? She appeared to Lucia first as Our Lady of Carmel, then Our Lady of Sorrows, and then St. Joseph appeared. The 3 apparitions happened in quick succession during the miracle of the sun, and was only seen by the children.

People have made a big deal of the appearance of Our Lady of Carmel, based solely on this brief apparition. They take it so far as to say this means the wearing of the brown scapular is an integral aspect of the Fatima message (and Lucia confirmed this). But I haven't read anything about the significance of Our Lady of Sorrows, though it obviously must have just as much significance as the brown scapular.
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#6
(04-15-2011, 11:14 AM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Great timing!  I was just reading the propers for today and noticed that.  I've seen that there are indulgences to be gained through this, does anyone have any information on that?  In my missal it says:

To the faithful that shall utter some devout prayers in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows, with the intention to do this nine days whatever period of the year, is granted:  (indulgences listed here)

The wording is messing me up.

It basically means those are the indulgences for saying a Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows any time of year.  There are also indulgences for the Servite Rosary, etc.
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#7
Thank you.
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Go thy ways, old Jack;
die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be
not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a
shotten herring. There live not three good men
unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and
grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say.
I would I were a weaver; I could sing psalms or any
thing. A plague of all cowards, I say still.
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#8
Managed to get to Low Mass for the feast today. There's a really beautiful hymn that the priest recites before the homily:

I think this was it:

Stabat mater dolorosa

At the Cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus at the last.

Though her soul, of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Now at length the sword hath passed.

Oh how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother, highly blest,
Of the sole begotten One!
Oh that silent, ceaseless mourning,
Oh those dim eyes, never turning
From that wondrous, suffering Son

Who on Christ's dear Mother gazing,
In her trouble so amazing,
Born of woman would not weep?
Who on Christ's dear Mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share her sorrow deep?

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His Spirit forth He sent;
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.
O, thou Mother, fount of love!

Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord.
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord.


Holy Mother, pierce me through.
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified;
Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torment died.
Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.
By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins blest,
Listen to my fond request;
Let me share thy grief divine.
Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.
Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swooned
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die
In His awful judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defense,
Be Thy Cross my victory.

While my body here decays
May my soul Thy goodness praise
Safe in Paradise with Thee
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#9
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.  :pray2:
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Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defense,
Be Thy Cross my victory.

While my body here decays
May my soul Thy goodness praise
Safe in Paradise with Thee



That is beautiful
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