Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

The whole month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

O Mother of Sorrows

O Mother of Sorrows who sorrows for all

And pities thy children who on thee now call,

Dark Shadows creep ’round us and death draweth near,

The coming of night bringeth anguish and fear.

O Mother of Sorrows, look down from above,

And shed o’er thy children the balm of thy love,

In darkness and death we shall not be afraid,

If thy hand, O Mother, upon us is laid.

Taken from a little booklet I have entitled, “Novena in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother”, Compiled from Approved Sources and Arranged for Congregational Use by Rev. James R. Keane, O.S.M., published by The Servite Fathers, Chicago, Illinois, 1938.

This beautiful artwork can be found on the website of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, where it can be purchased as a holy card, as a metallic print or as a digital print, as well as many other offerings from their bookstore.

The Holy Name of Mary

It Is the Name of Mary

It is the name of Mary,
Which we today proclaim,
Come all ye Mary’s children,
To sing that lovely name.
Come sing that name, dear children,
It is your mother’s own;
Unite your hearts and praises,
And waft them to her throne.
A name of pow’r and sweetness,
Her name to us so dear,
A name of awe and grandeur,
But grandeur free from fear.
Sweet name all strong yet tender,
That name we love so well,
The joy of earth and heaven,
The fear and dread of hell.

Taken from a little booklet I have entitled, “Novena in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother”, Compiled from Approved Sources and Arranged for Congregational Use by Rev. James R. Keane, O.S.M., published by The Servite Fathers, Chicago, Illinois, 1938.

The Birth of Mary

St. John of Damascus said in a homily:

Let everyone come to this feast; with joy let us celebrate the beginning of joy for the whole world! Today heaven begins on earth; today is the inauguration of salvation for the whole world.

From a Homily of St. Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo:

Dearly beloved: The much desired feast of Blessed Mary ever Virgin has come; so let our land, illumined by such a birth, be glad with great rejoicing. For she is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious Lily of the valley, through whose birth that nature inherited from our first parents is changed and guilt is blotted out.

Response (Morning Prayer):

Today is the birthday of the Virgin-Mother, alleluia!
– Whose life illuminates the whole Church, alleluia!

Antiphon for the Canticle of Zachary:

Great Mother of God,
your birth brings joy to the whole universe,
for from you arose the Sun of righteousness, Christ our Lord,
who broke the curse and conferred the blessing,
who abolished death and brought us life eternal, alleluia!

Taken from: Hail Mary. A Marian Book of Hours [compiled by William G. Storey, D.M.S.]