Thursday, September 21, 2017

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows: September 15



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September 15th is the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows



What is the devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady?  I'll let CatholicCulture.org explain about this memorial:

"This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. May the numerous tears of the Mother of God be conducive to our salvation; with which tears Thou, O God, art able to wash away the sins of the whole world.
As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung, the sword of sorrow Simeon had foretold pierced her soul. Below are the seven sorrows of Mary:"

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
  2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
  4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
  5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
  6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
  7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)
There is so much to ponder when thinking about the grief and sorrow our Blessed Mother endured while being a mother to Jesus. We can look to Mary to show us how to endure suffering with great faith, hope and love.

For the first time a few years ago, we did the Seven Sorrows of Mary Activity for Children from Catholic All Year.

We did the same activity, but with lemons this year, and it was a blessing to spend time with my family reading about the Seven Sorrows of Mary.  We first read from the book, Mary: The Mother of Jesus, (that is opened in photo).  There was a page about Mary's sorrow.  Then using the Catholic All Year printable (that I laminated a few years ago), we read each of the Seven Sorrows and the scripture that went with each one. After each one, my children ate some slices of lemon (instead of Lemonhead candy or sour Skittles.)


Some of my kids' reactions to the sour lemon slices were photo worthy. :)


We didn't get a chance to color this coloring page from Vicki Shuck, one of the artists behind the Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls, but I'll share it for future reference for myself and others.  


 
 Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us! 








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