Our Lady of Sorrows
Malvern Minute



Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews 5:7-9

Psalm 31:2-6, 15-16, 20

John 19:25-27


Sisters and brothers, the objective of today’s feast is to remind the faithful of the spiritual martyrdom of the Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son. 

The seven events of sorrow in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s life were: the Prophecy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Three Day’s Jesus was Lost, the Meeting of Jesus on the Way to Calvary, Mary at the Foot of the Cross, Jesus being Taken Down from the Cross and the Burial of Jesus.

My personal devotion to Mary, our Mother, allows me to reflect on the beautiful and tender relationship between Jesus and His mother.  Just allow yourself to think of their union and interchange of kinship and tender love which exists between a mother and her child.  Added to this was the intense love with which she loved Him as her God, so that we may truly say there never could be a love between a human soul and God greater that the love between Jesus and Mary. 

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, exemplified the faithful disciple about whom Paul wrote concerning the runner who races steadily toward the finish line.  Mary, in absolute trust and fidelity, stood before the cross, waiting on God.  God had not abandoned Mary.  God does not abandon any parent who loses a child in premature death.  When our Lord Jesus died on the cross, and when Mary wept, God remembered all our inconsolable sorrows.  The miracle of Easter Sunday is God’s response to that scene of pure sorrow.  He is truly the God of the living!

Today we are in solidarity with all the Mary’s of our world, standing in the shadow of the cross.  We pray to our beautiful Mother Mary, the Queen of Heaven, to intercede for us in our time of sorrow and desolation.  We ask for her strength as she guides and  intercedes for us and leads us to her son, our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Question of the Day:  Will you feel the love of Christ our Lord amid your suffering, and ask for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessions in asking the love and healing power of Christ to help all who are suffering?

Prayer:  Today we pray in solidarity with all of the Mary’s of our world, standing in the shadow of the cross.  Our prayer is in the hope of having a share in the blessings of the Gospel, “My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God!”   Come to our aid, O Mother of God.  Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.


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