September, month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary


This comes from the blog Catholicism Pure & Simple :


The month of September is traditionally dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary with the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows being observed on September 15. The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through tradition. The Seven Sorrows are: the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the loss of the Holy Child at Jerusalem for three days, meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary, standing at the foot of the Cross, Jesus being taken down from the Cross, and the burial of Christ.

Devotion to the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates back to the twelfth century, when it was first established in monastic circles under the influence of St Anselm and St Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites started to spread it. It was widely…

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