Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.........September 15



THE PROPHECY OF SIMEON.
Mary and Joseph took the Child Jesus to the Temple. Simeon,inspired by the Holy Spirit, met them and told Joseph and Mary of the great sufferings of Jesus and Mary. He told Mary that a sword would pierce her heart. How great was the shock to Mary's heart at hearing the sorrowful words.

THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
The angel told Joseph to flee with Mary and the Child Jesus because of what might happen to Jesus. Consider the sorrow of Mother Mary when she and Joseph had to suddenly flee by night to protect child Jesus in that land of exile.

THE LOSS OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
How dread was the grief of Mary when she realized the Child Jesus was not with them. With sorrow in their hearts, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to look for the Child Jesus.

MARY MEETS JESUS CARRYING HIS CROSS
Mary meets Jesus, with the crown of thorns adorned His head! Blood ran down His face! A heavy cross on His back! Wounded, His whole body covered with bleeding wounds! Consider, the tremendous grief of Mother Mary as their eyes met.

THE CRUCIFIXION
The Sorrow of the Mother seeing her beloved Son cruelly nailed to the cross. She stood at the foot of the cross. Behold Thy Mother! Let us resolve always to look upon Mary as our Mother and remember that she never fails her children.
MARY RECEIVED THE BODY OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS
Ponder the bitter sorrow of Mary when the body of her dear Son was lowered from the cross and placed in her arms. Her Heart was pierced with a sword and His Heart was pierced with a lance. O mournful Mother, our hearts are softened with sorrow upon seeing such affliction.

THE BODY OF JESUS IS PLACED IN A TOMB
What grief for the Mother to accompany her Son's Body to the grave,as she gazed a last time on the lifeless body of her Son, and the great stone was rolled to seal the entrance to the tomb.

8 comments:

Anne said...

Micki, your holy cards are so beautiful! I would love to see them all framed and hanging on a wall! Thank you so much for these!

Ginny said...

Thank you for that, Micki!

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is one that I never understood much, until a few years ago. Now, though, I think it's one of the most important feast days we have. I've put a few thoughts about this day on my blog, if anyone is interested.

God bless you, Micki, for all the hard work that you do here.

cheryl said...

Anne,

You know what she could do if she has the money. She could buy one of those digital photoframes (you know the kind that makes slide shows) and put a copy of all her holy cards on there. That would be awesome too.

Micki,

May I add a another (I know it would throw off the traditional seven), but a 'sorrow' of our Lady which I think about alot, is when Christ had to leave her house and begin His ministry ('Who are my mother and brothers' -that had to hurt). Could you imagine the sword that thrusted through her heart at the continual opposite He encountered and the danger He was in (she remembers John who was already dead). There's a scene in a movie (sorry I forget which one) that has always stuck with me: John's dead body is being 'thrown out'. St. Elizabeth and Mary were there. Both sick with grief, Mary trying to comfort Elizabeth and Elizabeth said, wailing, "They killed my son-they'll kill yours too!" I think Christ's ministry was probably Mary's 'dark night of the soul'. In a very real sense, God (her Son) had left her.

Anonymous said...

Father Faber, a tremendous spiritual writer, said that if you were to take all the suffering that every human being ever experienced from the beginning to the end of time, it would still not equal what Our Lady suffered -and for us! What a treasured Mother she is!
Thankyou, Micki, for sharing this beautiful holy card!

Diane S.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful holycard. Very true what Diane said. I just read that in one of my prayer books recently. Thanks for sharing daily~JMJ~Lisa S.

Anonymous said...

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us!

Ceci

diddleymaz said...

and I need a hug today, thank you.

Micki said...

Anne - Thank you. Come on over to my house....the stairs going up from the first floor to the second are filled with framed holy cards...wish I could show this to you somehow.

Ginny - Thanks for your blessing...back at you also.

Cheryl - Interesting comment about Mary's sorrows.
I think I'd need lots of the photo frames....I have thousands of cards...I think there are well over 800 cards already put on the blog.

Diane - Father Faber has great words. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa - So glad you are here leaving comments....thanks.

Ceci - I join you in that prayer.

diddleymaz - I'm sure Mary's arms are open to hug you....I'll give you a hug too.