Our Lady of Sorrows: Mater Dolorosa

By Monique Sammut | September 15, 2018
“Is There Any Sorrow Like My Sorrow?”

Every year, on September 15, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows who is also known as Mater Dolorosa or Mother of Sorrows.  On this day, we remember seven sorrows from the life of Our Blessed Mother such as losing Jesus in the Temple, the prophesy of Simeon, and the Crucifixion.  There are seven promises associated with the Seven Sorrows of Mary.  This article from the National Catholic Register has more about the Seven Sorrows and the promises associated with them.

Sometimes, Our Blessed Mother may seem too good – like she had an easy life with no pain.  This may be especially easy to think since she was without sin.  Being sinless, however, did not exempt her from human suffering, because she was, in fact, human.

In the Footsteps of Mary

We often hear about consoling the Heart of Jesus, but did you know that we can also console the Heart of Mary?  First Fridays are dedicated to consoling the Heart of Jesus, while First Saturdays are dedicated to consoling the Heart of Our Blessed Mother.

There is a beautiful song often sung during Lent/Holy Week called, “Stabat Mater Dolorosa.”  It is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time.  Through this hymn, we see the great sorrow that Mary experienced watching her son suffer and die.  We see that Mary is truly a mother who understands our suffering and our pain because she experienced the greatest suffering of all.  The Seven Sorrows Rosary is a beautiful prayer with meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Mary.  When we allow ourselves to meditate on Mary’s sorrow, we can see that she is truly Our Lady of Sorrows.  However, her sorrow is not without hope.

A Source of Inspiration

On this feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we should take comfort in knowing that we have a mother in Heaven who knows our pain and our sorrow.  She shared our grief and shed tears as we do.  However, she never lost hope that in the end, evil would not triumph.  Today, on this holy feast, we should give our wounded hearts to Our Lady of Sorrows and place our broken hearts into the pierced heart of Mater Dolorosa.  She hears our pleas and wants to comfort us and console us by leading us to the source of consolation – her Son, Jesus!

On this day, let our prayer be that of the Stabat Mater:

O thou Mother, font of love. touch my spirit from above, make my heart with thine accord.  Make me feel as thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ my Lord.

Holy Mother, pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew of my Savior crucified: let me share with thee His pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee, mourning Him who mourned for me, all the days that I may live.  By the Cross with thee to stay, there with thee to weep and pray, is all I ask of thee to give.

Our Lady of Sorrows, please pray for us!

“Do not leave the altar without first shedding tears of sorrow and love for Jesus, crucified for your eternal salvation.  Our Lady of Sorrows will keep you company and inspire you.”                                                                             Saint Padre Pio