September; Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

The month of September is dedicated to the 7 Dolors of Mary…

1. The Dark Prophecy of Simeon:

‘The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce)
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
(Luke 2:33-35)

Meditation:

At the prophetic words of Simeon, the first cruel sword has passed. Mary’s great joy is turned suddenly into great sorrow…as she plummets from the heights to the depths.

Great tears well up in the beautiful eyes of the Gentlest of Mothers. The words of the prophesy sink deep into her heart like a burning knife. Mary’s tears fall gently upon the tiny babe held securely in her arms. The tender baby Jesus too, is visibly effected ~ drawing closer to his mother in fear and trembling. Although horrified at the thought of what he must endure to save sinners from Hell ~
their answer in unison to the Father is,”yes.” A complete and trustful surrender to the Will of God.
Both Jesus and his Immaculate Mother would endure this great sorrow ~ this great fear for the rest of their lives…A living martyrdom. Every waking moment, Mary lived with the dread and unbearable mental anguish of her beloved Son’s impending death…knowing not the hour.

Prayers:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women, and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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