The Easter Cycle tells us how the mother of the Saviour co-operated in the Mystery of the Redemption. It shows her in this season of Passion at the foot of the Cross where Christ is dying.
“An ineffable union is established between the oblation of the Incarnate Word and that of Mary; the divine blood and the tears of the Mother flow together and are mixed for the redemption of the human race.” (‘The Liturgical Year’ by Dom Guèranger)
St. Bernard: “The prophecy of Simeon is fulfilled: a sword of grief pierces the most gentle soul of the glorious Virgin Mary, who by her unequalled love becomes the Queen of Martyrs.”
“There stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister Mary of Cleophas, and Salome, and Mary Magdalen. v. Woman, behold they son, said Jesus; and to the disciple, Behold thy mother. v. Glory be to the Father.” (Introit: John xix. 25)
As Judith had delivered Israel, the Virgin is our deliverer with Jesus. Wherefore the Gospel [for today in the Extraordinary From] shows us, at the foot of the tree of Passion in a scene which recalls the tree of prevarication, the maternity of Mary with regard to the Church personified by St. John.
“Let us venerate the Transfixion of the glorious Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross, in order to gather the happy fruit of the Passion of her son.” (Collect)
(The above has been adapted from Saint Andrew Daily Missal for the feast of ‘The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary’, Friday in Passiontide.)
“But as great as was St. Paul’s devotion to our Lord, much greater was that of the Blessed Virgin: because she was his mother, and because she had him and all his sufferings actually before her eyes, and because she had the long intimacy of thirty years with him, and because she was from her special sanctity so unspeakably near him in spirit. When, then, he was mocked, bruised, scourged, and nailed to the Cross, she felt as keenly as if every indignity and torture inflicted on him was struck at herself. She could have cried out in agony at every pang of his. This is called her compassion, or her suffering with her Son, and it arose from this that she was the ‘Vessel of Devotion’ unlike any other.” – Bl. John Henry Newman