Monday, 15 September 2008

Our Lady of Sorrows

This feast follows immediately after the Triumph of the Holy Cross. We are reminded of the particular union that Our Blessed Lady shared in the Sacrifice of Her Son.

In 1912 St Pius X decreed that the feast would be celebrated throughout the Universal Church on 15th September. In the Sequence for the Mass, the Stabat Mater Dolorosa came into use;

O Sweet Mother, fount of love,

Touch my Spirit from above,

Make my heart with yours accord,

Make me feel as you have felt,

Make my soul to glow and melt,

With the love of Christ my Lord.


Flick Saunders said...

Thank you for this Fr. Miceal. May I ask why on feast days as today, we don't use the readings for the feast? There was a reference to using the Gospel in the missal- but we didn't. Just interested.

Anonymous said...

Fr Míceál Have you abandoned us?!
Hope you are well. With our prayers.

Through the prayers of Mary
our mother, heal the sick,
comfort the sorrowful and dying,
pardon sinners - grant peace and
salvation to all.

Fr Míċeál Beatty said...


The simple explanation is because it is a 'Memorial' rather than a 'Feast'.

If it were a Feast we would use the prescribed readings from the Proper of the Feast as indicated in the Missal but as it is not we bow to the continuity of the readings by using the Readings of the Day. I hope this simple explanation is of some help to you.