Date: February 27, 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 second conference, Father John examines the first sorrow: The presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple as an example of how both a joyous moment in the presence of God was also a total gift of self that was necessary to endure the sorrows that would come from the truth being revealed to a world that did not have ears to hear. Learn how these Purification Rites reflect the sign of the covenant and its ultimate fulfillment in baptism that gives us hope even in the midst of suffering.

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