September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a “Feast of the Sorrows of Mary” in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.


  • The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
  • The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
  • The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
  • The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
  • The Crucifixion.
  • The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
  • The burial of Jesus.
Benefits of the Devotion to the Mother of Sorrows
  1.  To realize the value of a soul, worth the supreme Sacrifice on Calvary.
  2.  To work for souls, by evangelization, duty to life’s duties, and prayer for sinners.
  3.  To pray always, in a life of union with God; whoever has a heart similar to Jesus’ and Mary’s hearts, will work for the salvation of souls.

The First Sorrow of Mary: The Prophecy of Simeon at the Presentation in the Temple (Lk 2:22-35)Sorrow-01

  1. When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
  2. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
  3. He took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
  4. for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples.
  5. And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
  6. and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against”
  7. (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

The Second Sorrow of Mary: The Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-21)Sorrow-02

  1.  When the Magi had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream
  2. He said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
  3. Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.
  4. Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage.
  5. He sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under.
  6. But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.
  7. “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.

The Third Sorrow of Mary: The Loss of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:41-50)Sorrow-03

  1. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;
  2. When the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.
  3. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey,
  4. They sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
  5. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
  6. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.”
  7. He said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

The Fourth Sorrow of Mary: Mary Encounters Jesus on the Way of the Cross (John 19:1; Luke 23:26-32)Sorrow-04

  1. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross.
  2. And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
  3. And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him.
  4. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
  5. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’
  6. For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
  7. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).

The Fifth Sorrow of Mary: Jesus Dies on the Cross (Mark 15:22; John 19:18, 25-27; Mark 15:34; Luke 23:46)Sorrow-05

  1. And they brought him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull).
  2. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
  3. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his Mother, and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
  4. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
  5. Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your Mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
  6. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “E’lo-i, E’lo-i, la’ma sabach-tha’ni?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
  7. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

The Sixth Sorrow of Mary: Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross (John 19:31-34, 38; Lam 1:12)Sorrow-06

  1. In order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
  2. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him;
  3. but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
  4. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
  5. After this Joseph of Arimathe’a, who was a disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus.
  6. Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body.
  7. “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow.

The Seventh Sorrow of Mary: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (Matthew 27:59; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:46; Luke 27:55-56)Sorrow-07

  1. 1. Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud,
  2. Nicodemus also, who had at first come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds’ weight.
  3. They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
  4. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.
  5. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. And Joseph rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
  6. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid.
  7. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.


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