Date: February 16, 2021 ()

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Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows became a standard devotion in the Church around the 14th century. It was revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary's Seven Sorrows would bring great signal graces. The devotion consists of praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

Mary, in a unique way, willingly suffered alongside her Divine Son as he gave his life to save the world, and she felt the bitterness of his passion as only a mother can. This devotion is especially remembered during September, the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows (the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is September 15th), and during the season of Lent.

Fr. John shares his Lenten class from 2008 again this year for our Lenten conference. Five 80-minute conferences will be made available for you during which Fr. John discusses and shares the Seven Sorrows of Mary and the significance they have in our life of Faith.

In the first conference, Fr. John shares a historical and devotional sketch of the development of Mary as the Mother of Sorrows and the meaning of suffering in relationship with redemption. The Saints testify to Mary’s lifelong sorrow that intensifies as the final act of sorrow plays out on Calvary. The devotion to Mary’s sorrows disposes one to the many graces of enlightenment, consolation, sanctification, and the power to fight the spiritual battles of earthly suffering.

Audio CDs are also available for pickup in the narthex of the church.