Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. One of the traditional depictions of Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows shows a sword piercing her heart. This comes from the prophesy of Simeon, "And your own soul, a sword shall pierce." (Luke 2:35)

Here is the first movement of Pergolesi's version of Stabat Mater Dolorosa. Here is the Latin:

Stabat mater dolorosa
Juxta crucem lacrimosa,
Dum pendebat Filius.


And the English:

The grieving Mother stood weeping
beside the cross where her Son was hanging

2 comments:

paramedicgirl said...

I did a photo essay of the seven sorrows of Mary for this day. I've recently begun praying the Seven Sorrows Rosary, but I have yet to get in the habit of praying it daily.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

I have never prayed that Rosary yet. Today would be a good day to start, though.

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