Our Lady of Sorrows; St Catherine of Genoa
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Our Lady of Sorrows
a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century,
the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the
Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September.
The principal biblical references to
Mary´s sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon´s prediction about a
sword piercing Mary´s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus´ words to Mary and to the beloved
Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary´s sorrows, especially as she
saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and
St. Ambrose (December7) in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful
figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son´s
wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did
not fear to be killed but offered herself to her persecutors.
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