Date: March 20, 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.

The series of conferences comes to its last session discussing the last Three Sorrows of Mary’s life. These three sorrows correspond with the final three Stations of Jesus’ way of the Cross:

  • Mary at the Foot of the Cross
  • The Removal of Jesus from the Cross (Pieta)
  • The Placement of Jesus at the Tomb

In these final meditations, we learn why the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart are always depicted together for Mary shares fully in Jesus’ martyrdom. Those who witness (share) in the sufferings of Jesus also share in the purification of the soul (martyrdom) and the sacrifice of Mary is completely shared with Jesus. In this sharing of suffering Mary gains the titles of Co-Redemptrix, Mother of the Church, and Mother of Hope.

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