Extract from Our Lady of Sorrows: “The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are in Lk 2:35 and Jn 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus’ words to Mary and to the beloved disciple. Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary’s sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment. St. Ambrose (Dec. 7) in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son’s wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. See also: Our Lady of Sorrows–(articles, pictures) (multilingual), Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (Sp), Maria Addolorata (It), Notre-Dame des Douleurs (Fr), Our Lady of Sorrows, Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. Videos: 2007 Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (opera), Our Lady of Sorrows, Seven sorrows of our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,, Seven Sorrows of Mary – Part 1 – April 11 2009, Devotion to the Seven Sorrows (Dolors) of Mary.
For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Hospital fire in Romania. (August 16, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 30-September 12, 2010.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: