Date: March 6, 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 third conference, Fr. John reflects on the next two sorrows of Mary: The Flight into Egypt and The Lost Child in Jerusalem. These sorrows are a focus on the Holy Family and the role of earthly parents trying to make sense out of the growing reality of Jesus’ divine nature. Mary and Joseph give comfort in fulfillment of the prophecy and also must take a step back to realize Jesus’ greater mission that begins in His Father’s House. These sorrows reflect the brokenness of a world that divine love must penetrate at the price of sacrifice.

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