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Our Lady of Sorrow picture with light

Our Lady of Sorrow picture with light

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Our Lady of Sorrow picture with light

The Our Lady of Sorrow picture with light honours the seven sorrows of Mary during her life.

Our Lady of Sorrow or Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows  are names by which the Blessed Virgin Mary are known. Also, as Mater Dolorosa, it is a key subject for Marian art.  The Seven Sorrows of Mary are a popular Roman Catholic devotion.  Mary is depicted with seven daggers piercing her heart.  Prayers began to elaborate on her Seven Sorrows based on the prophecy of the Simeon.  In addition, a common example of piety under this title is the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.  Also, the Seven Joys of Mary and more recently, “Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary”.

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is liturgically celebrated each 15 of September.

Furthermore, to mediate on and pray into the sorrows of Mary shares two historical roots dating back eight hundred years. The first can be traced to the apparitions to the seven founders of the Servants of Mary.   They were called on August 15th 1233 to preach the sorrows of Mary.  And the second is traced to St Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), the mystic of the north.  She is co-patron saint of Europe.  Also, an important figure in contemporary ecumenical dialogue. Pope John Paul II called her a woman of unity. It is reported that Mary said to her, “There are few who remember my sorrows.”  In addition, Bridget has been called the patroness of failures.

The devotion to Mary’s sorrows was encouraged by Pope Benedict XIII and Pope Clement XII. Pope Pius VII extended the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows to the whole Church. He did this on his return from captivity in France in 1814.  In 1913 the liturgical celebration was fixed for September 15th.  This is the day following the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  Pope John Paul II draws the link between Mary’s suffering and the Eucharist: “Mary, at Christ’s side and not only on Calvary, made her own the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist” .

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