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Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

Honor Thy Mother all the days of her life; for thou must be mindful what and how great perils she suffered for thee.

 (Tobias 4:3-4)

 

THE CHURCH OBSERVES TWO FEASTS IN HONOR OF THE SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY:

  1. FRIDAY BEFORE GOOD FRIDAY.
  2. SEPTEMBER 15

Devotion to Our Sorrowful Mother Booklet:  The love of Mary is referred to as a burning love which many waters cannot quench. (Cant. 8:7).


"From the Cross, Our Savior gave her to each one of us for our Mother when He said to the Beloved Disciple:  “Behold Thy Mother.”"  (John 19:27)

The Mother of God once said to St. Bridget, “I gaze upon the children of men to see whether anyone feels compassion for me, and alas, I see but few!  If many forget me, at least you, my daughter, do not forget me.  Consider how much I suffered.”

St. Basil says:  “As the sun surpasses all the stars in luster, so the sorrows of Mary surpasses all the tortures of the martyrs.  Therefore, the Church calls Mary the Queen of Martyrs, because her martyrdom surpassed that of all others.

The sorrows of the Mother of God surpassed the power of human endurance.  Beneath the pressure of her inconceivable sufferings, the Blessed Virgin’s life was miraculously preserved.  An Angel revealed to St. Bridget that if Our Lord had not miraculously sustained His Mother, she could not possibly have survived her martyrdom.

The sight of her Divine Son caused her the most intense suffering.  In her heart were united natural love, by which she loved Jesus as her Son; and supernatural love, by which she loved Him as her God.  Therefore, twice, She suffered with Him; once by His human nature and again by His Divine nature.  He willed that His Mother should suffer, for as the Mother of the Redeemer, she was to participate in His work of Redemption.

The sacrifice she made in union with Him was so great that St. Alphonsus says of it, “Two hung upon one Cross.”

 The increased anguish of the Mother of God was the realization that her sufferings joined those of her Divine Son.  Mary was an eye-witness of the sufferings of her Divine Son.  She saw Him bound to the pillar, heard the lashing of the scourges, saw His delicate, virginal flesh writhe and quiver under the lacerating blows, was present at the Ecce Homo scene, and saw the Crucifixion. 

As she stood beneath the Cross, she saw His Blood trickling from His thorn-crowned Head into His eyes, but could not reach His sacred Face to wipe the drops away; and her anguish was further increased that she could offer no relief to her dear Son in His excruciating pains.  She saw His lips parched with thirst, pale, and bloodless, but was unable to give Him refreshing drink.  His Head had no pillow to rest upon.  She saw the sins of the whole world; and Him, truly God and Man, was crushed by numberless sins of man, covered with their guilt, and crucified by their malice and man’s ingratitude. She also knew that it was through this suffering that mankind would be restored to new life.

“SEVEN PROMISES TO THOSE WHO MEDITATE ON OUR LADY’S TEARS AND DOLORS”

To St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), Our Lady directly reveals the amazing graces granted by her Son for all those who daily pray seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on her Seven Dolors and Tears:

  1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
  1. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”
  1. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
  1. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
  1. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
  1. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death—they will see the face of their mother.”
  1. “I have obtained this grace from my Divine Son that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

   It was revealed to St. Elizabeth of Hungary that some years after the Blessed Virgin was assumed into Heaven, St. John, the beloved disciple, was seized with an ardent desire to see her again. This favor was granted him. His dear Mother appeared to him in company with Our Divine Lord.  Then, St. John heard Mary asking her Son some special graces for those who were devoted to her dolors.  Our Lord promised the following four special graces:

 St. Alphonsus Liguori testifies to complementary revelations given by Our Lord to St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231 in his discourse where Our Lord further promises four special graces to those dedicated to the sufferings of the co-redeeming Mother):
 


FOUR SPECIAL FAVORS
1.  That those who before death invoke the Blessed Mother in the name of her sorrows, should obtain true repentance of all their sins.

2. That He would protect in their tribulations all who remember this devotion, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death.

3. That He would impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in Heaven.

4. That He would commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, so that she might obtain for these souls all the graces she wanted to lavish upon them.

This devotion has a remarkable connection with great interior holiness.  It gives us a permanent share in the sorrow for sin which Jesus and Mary felt. It communicates to our souls the spirit of the Cross and gives us strength to endure our own sufferings with resignation to the holy Will of God.
 


THE MOTHER OF MERCY AND MOTHER OF THE DYING

Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary would be practiced especially by souls who wish to rid themselves of sinful habits; for this devotion, nourishes the spirit of compunction, affords great consolation, strengthens confidence in God’s mercy, draws down the special protection of the Blessed Mother in the hour of temptation, and preserves the converted sinner from relapsing into sin.  The Mother of God said to St. Bridget, “No matter how numerous a person’s sins may be, if he turns to me with a sincere purpose of amendment, I am prepared to receive him graciously and do not regard the number of sins he has committed, but look only upon the dispositions with which he comes to me, because I am called and am in truth the Mother of Mercy.”

Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother is one of the best preparations for dying well.  Our Sorrowful Mother is the Mother of all men, especially of the dying.  By her presence at the death of her Son, she merited the grace to give special assistance to her children at their death.  The death bed is Our Lady’s special sphere of activity, for those who are in their last agony are her beloved children.  A precious fruit of devotion to the sorrows of Our Blessed Mother is full contrition and true compunction for sin before death and Mary’s special protection in the final struggle.  The Blessed Virgin requested Blessed Maria of Agreda to pray very often for the dying as their sufferings and perils are extremely great. 
 


Requirements

  1. DAILY WEAR THE BLACK SCAPULAR OR MEDAL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS AS A SIGN OF COMMITMENT.
  1. AT LEAST FOR 10 TO 15 MINUTES, PRAY DAILY THE ROSARY OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS WHILE MEDITATING ON HER SEVEN SORROWS FOR THE INTENTIONS OF THE ENTIRE SERVITE FAMILY (FRIARS, NUNS, AND SISTERS) AND SECULAR ORDER, INSTITUTE, AND CONFRATERNITY MEMBERS.
  1. PRAY ONE HAIL MARY AND HAIL HOLY QUEEN FOR THE CHURCH AND THE SERVITE ORDER.
  1. IF POSSIBLE, TO UNDERTAKE WORKS OF MERCY ESPECIALLY TOWARD THOSE SUFFERING IN BODY OR SPIRIT—(EITHER BY ACTION, WORD, OR PRAYER).

RECOMMENDED CONFRATERNITY MEMBERS ITEMS

Our Lady of Sorrows Scapular

Our Lady of Sorrows Holy Rosary

                 Our Lady of Sorrows Rosary Handbook             

                 The Seven Sorrows of  Mary
       

Note:  The Seven Sorrows Booklet can be obtained at TAN Bookstore.
 

Devotional items can be purchased at the website below: Click Gifts Shop, click Religious Items, and click Our Lady of Sorrows.

http://www.servite.org/About/Confraternity.aspx

or send the below information to Bro. Michael M. Callary, OSM, on the address provided above:  A sacrificial donation of $10.00 is requested to cover the cost of Servite publications and of the Black Scapular that will be sent to you; and a yearly donation of $10.00 is requested hereafter to remain active.  (Note:  Once you send your enrollment, the Black Scapular will be mailed to you; and no investiture is necessary.  You automatically become a member.)


Seven Holy Foundersalso called Seven Servite Founders (flourished 13th century, Compartimento of Tuscany, Italy; canonized 1888; Feast Day, February 17):

 (1) St.  Bonfilius, (2) St. Alexis Falconieri, (3) St. John Bonagiunta, (4) St. Benedict dell’Antella, (5) St. Bartholomew Amidei, (6) St. Gerard Sostegni, and (7) St. Ricoverus Uguccione, who founded the Ordo Fratrum Servorum Sanctae Mariae (“Order of Friar Servants of St. Mary”). Popularly called Servites, the order is a Roman Catholic congregation of mendicant friars dedicated to apostolic work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To obtain further information about joining the “Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows” please write to:
Bro. Michael M. Callary, OSM
Confraternity Director
Our Lady of Sorrows Priory
Servite Provincial Center 
3121 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612-2729
773-533-0361 EXT. 218

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