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NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY TWO – 15 September

NOVENA to St Padre Pio/St Pius of Pietrelcina – DAY TWO – 15 September

St Padre Pio you have said:

I implore you to be faithful and humble and always to keep the great Mother of God before your mental gaze, she who humbled herself more profoundly the more she was exalted. Never, ever be exalted at your virtues but repeat that everything comes from God and give Him the honour and glory.

Let us Pray:

Gracious God, You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified,
as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son
and as a stirring inspiration to many people of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
In the confessional, Padre Pio laboured endlessly for the salvation of souls.
Through his powerful intercession, many who suffered were healed of sickness and disease.
Endowed with the gift of discernment, he could read people’s hearts.
With dignity and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass,
inviting countless men and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ,
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of Saint Pio,
we confidently beseech You to to grant us the grace of
………………. (state your petition here).
Help us to imitate his example of prayerful holiness and compassion,
so that we, too, may faithfully follow the Risen Lord
and one day rejoice in the Kingdom,
where You live and reign forever and ever.

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Thought for the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Thought for the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

The Seven Sorrows of
the Blessed Virgin Mary

1. The prophecy of Simeon
2. The Flight to Egypt
3. Loss of Child Jesus for 3 days
4. Meeting Jesus carrying His Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus
6. The Pieta – receiving Jesus’ Body
7. The Burial of Jesus

“The Liturgy teaches us to meditate on the sorrows of Mary.   So we turn once more to a memory of sadness, an example of patient endurance, to remind ourselves, for our own good, that our whole life here below is beset with trials and difficulties.   It is a life of hardships but at the end, we shall receive the reward of eternal joy.

So we must always take courage – Jesus, Mary and Joseph, give us the certainty of future triumphs.   In every moment of their earthly lives, they knew sorrow, privations and suffering and yet, they always reflected the eternal splendour of heaven.

The lesson all the faithful may learn from such sublime examples, is a continual encouragement and strength, by means of which, rising again after every failure and correcting the faults of our temperaments, we may all seek to reach that shore, whee perfect peace and blessing are to be found.”St Pope John XXIII

John’s account of Jesus’ death is highly symbolic.   When Jesus gives the beloved disciple to Mary, we are invited to appreciate Mary’s role in the Church – she symbolises the Church, the beloved disciple represents all believers.   As Mary mothered Jesus, she is now mother to all his followers.   Furthermore, as Jesus died, he handed over His Spirit. Mary and the Spirit co-operated in begetting new children of God—almost an echo of Luke’s account of Jesus’ conception.   Christians can trust that they will continue to experience the caring presence of Mary and Jesus’ Spirit throughout their lives and throughout history.

Prayer to our Lady of Sorrows
By St Bonaventure (1217-1274) Doctor of the Church

O most holy Virgin, 
Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the overwhelming grief you experienced
when you witnessed the martyrdom,
the crucifixion
and the death, of your divine Son,
look upon me with eyes of compassion
and awaken in my heart a tender 
commiseration for those sufferings,
as well as a sincere detestation
of my sins, in order that,
being disengaged from all undue affection
for the passing joys of this earth,
I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem
and that henceforward all my thoughts
and all my actions may be directed
towards this one most desirable object,
the honour, glory and love 
to our divine Lord Jesus,
and to the you,
the Holy and Immaculate 
Mother of God. 
Amenprayer-to-our-lady-of-sorrows-st-bonaventure-1-sept-2018

Our Lady of Sorrows,

Our Lady our Mother,

Our Lady our Consoler,

Pray for us all!our-lady-of-sorrows-pray-for-us-2-15 sept 2017holy mary mother of our saviour, pray for us - 17 may 2018our lady consoler of the afflicted - pray for us - 24 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Quote/s of the Day – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

“While other martyrs suffered by sacrificing their own lives,
the Blessed Virgin suffered by sacrificing her Son’s life,
a Life that she loved far more than her own;
so that she not only suffered in her soul
all that her Son endured in His Body but moreover,
the sight of her Son’s torments,
brought more grief to her heart,
than if she had endured them all in her own person”.

St Anselm (1033-1109) Doctor of the Churchwhile-other-martyrs-st-anselm- our lady of sorrows - 15 sept 2017

“Truly, O Blessed Mother, a sword has pierced your heart….
He died in body through a love greater than anyone had known.
She died in spirit through a love unlike any other since His.”truly, o blessded mother - st bernard - 15 sept 2018

“The Martyrdom of Mary,
was not caused by the executioner’s sword
but proceeded from bitter sorrow of heart.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churchthe martyrdom of mary - st bernard - 15 sept 2018

During the entire course of her life,
the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
never deviated in the slightest
from the precepts and examples of her Divine Son.
This was true both in the most sweet joys Mary experienced
and in the cruel sufferings she underwent,
which made the the Queen of Martyr.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)during-the-entire-course-of-her-life-pope-pius-xii.-15 sept 2017

“If you want to assist at Mass,
with devotion and with fruit,
think of the sorrowful Mother
at the feet of Calvary.”

St Padre Pioif-you-want-to-assist-st-pio-our lady of sorrows - 15 sept 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

One Minute Reflection – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Near the cross of Jesus, there stood his mother…..John 19:25john-19-25-near the cross stood his mother - 15 sept 2017 our lady of sorrows

REFLECTION – “Mary “stood by”;  she was simply there  . Here again the young woman of Nazareth, hair now grayed with the passage of time, still struggling with a God who must only be embraced and with a life that has come to the threshold of the darkest night.   Mary “stood by” in the thickest darkness but she “stood by”.   She did not go away. Mary is there, faithfully present, each time a candle must be held aflame in a place of fog and haze.   She does not even know the future resurrection her Son was opening at that instant for us, for all of mankind – she stands there out of faithfulness to the plan of God whose handmaid she proclaimed herself to be on the first day of her vocation but also due to her instinct as mother who simply suffers, each time there is a child who undergoes suffering.   The suffering of mothers – we have all known strong women who have faced their children’s suffering!”…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 May 2017mary stood by - pope francis - 15 sept 2018

PRAYER – Our Father, when Jesus Your Son, was raised up on the Cross, it was Your will that Mary, His Mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart.   Grant that in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ and so be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.   Be our intercessor and our consolation, Our Lady of Sorrows!  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.our-lady-of-sorrows-pray-for-us.15 sept 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 15 September – STABAT MATER

Our Morning Offering – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

STABAT MATER

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had passed.

Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blest,
Of the sole begotten One!
Christ above in torment hangs.
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
Whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother’s pain untold?

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.
For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother: fount 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 torment 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.

Virgin of all virgins best,
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share thy grief divine.
Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swooned
In His very blood away.
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die,
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defense,
Be Thy Cross my victory.
While my body here decays,
May my soul Thy goodness praise,
Safe in Paradise with Thee.
Amen

Note:  This text of the Stabat Mater is one of over 60 translations of this famous Latin hymn that can also be recited in prayer. It is often used when praying the Stations of the Cross. The original Latin text of the Stabat Mater has also been set to music by such composers as Haydn, Rossini, and Poulenc.stabat-mater-as-a-prayer-15-sept-20181 (1).jpg

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows – 15 September

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Excerpt from the Homily of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI,
at the Esplanade in front of the Basilica of Notre-Dame du Rosaire, Lourdes
Monday, 15 September 2008

“Yesterday we celebrated the Cross of Christ, the instrument of our salvation, which reveals the mercy of our God in all its fullness.   The Cross is truly the place where God’s compassion for our world is perfectly manifested.   Today, as we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, we contemplate Mary sharing her Son’s compassion for sinners.700-pietaHEADER & WP ourlady of sorrows - bougeureau

As Saint Bernard declares, the Mother of Christ entered into the Passion of her Son through her compassion (cf. Homily for Sunday in the Octave of the Assumption).   At the foot of the Cross, the prophecy of Simeon is fulfilled:  her mother’s heart is pierced through (cf. Lk 2:35) by the torment inflicted on the Innocent One born of her flesh. pieta - fr james bradley

Just as Jesus cried (cf. Jn 11:35), so too Mary certainly cried over the tortured body of her Son. Her self-restraint, however, prevents us from plumbing the depths of her grief;  the full extent of her suffering is merely suggested by the traditional symbol of the seven swords. As in the case of her Son Jesus, one might say that she too was led to perfection through this suffering (cf. Heb 2:10), so as to make her capable of receiving the new spiritual mission that her Son entrusts to her immediately before “giving up his spirit” (cf. Jn 19:30) – that of becoming the mother of Christ in his members.  In that hour, through the figure of the beloved disciple, Jesus presents each of his disciples to his Mother when he says to her –  Behold your Son (cf. Jn 19:26-27).our lady of sorrows

Today Mary dwells in the joy and the glory of the Resurrection.   The tears shed at the foot of the Cross have been transformed into a smile which nothing can wipe away, even as her maternal compassion towards us remains unchanged.   The intervention of the Virgin Mary in offering succour throughout history testifies to this and does not cease to call forth, in the people of God, an unshakable confidence in her, the Memorare prayer expresses this sentiment very well.   Mary loves each of her children, giving particular attention to those who, like her Son at the hour of his Passion, are prey to suffering, she loves them quite simply because they are her children, according to the will of Christ on the Cross.

The psalmist, seeing from afar this maternal bond which unites the Mother of Christ with the people of faith, prophesies regarding the Virgin Mary that “the richest of the people … will seek your smile” (Ps 44:13).   In this way, prompted by the inspired word of Scripture, Christians have always sought the smile of Our Lady, this smile which medieval artists were able to represent with such marvellous skill and to show to advantage.   This smile of Mary is for all but it is directed quite particularly to those who suffer, so that they can find comfort and solace therein.   To seek Mary’s smile is not an act of devotional or outmoded sentimentality but rather the proper expression of the living and profoundly human relationship which binds us to her whom Christ gave us as our Mother.

mother of sorrows monstrate

To wish to contemplate this smile of the Virgin, does not mean letting oneself be led by an uncontrolled imagination.   Scripture itself discloses it to us through the lips of Mary when she sings the Magnificat:  “My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit exults in God my Saviour” (Lk 1:46-47). When the Virgin Mary gives thanks to the Lord, she calls us to witness.   Mary shares, as if by anticipation, with us, her future children, the joy that dwells in her heart, so that it can become ours.   Every time we recite the Magnificat, we become witnesses of her smile.”

You, Holy Mother of Sorrows, who are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, smile upon us and pray for us!you holy mother of sorrows - smile upon us and pray for us - 15 sept 2018

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Saints – 15 September

Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial)
About this Sorrowful Memorial: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/memorial-of-our-lady-of-sorrows-15-september/

St Aichardus
St Albinus of Lyon
Bl Anton Maria Schwartz
St Aprus of Toul
St Bond of Sens
St Catherine of Genoa
Bl Camillus Constanzo
St Emilas of Cordoba
St Eutropa of Auvergne
St Hernan
Bl Jacinto de Los Ángeles and Bl Juan Bautista
St Jeremias of Cordoba
St Joseph Abibos
St Mamillian of Palermo
St Melitina
St Mirin of Bangor
St Nicetas the Goth
St Nicomedes of Rome
St Porphyrius the Martyr
St Ribert
St Ritbert of Varennes
Bl Rolando de Medici
Bl Tommasuccio of Foligno
St Valerian of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Valerian of Noviodunum
St Vitus of Bergamo
Bl Wladyslaw Miegon

Martyrs of Adrianopolis – 3 saints: Three Christian men martyred together in the persecutions of Maximian – Asclepiodotus, Maximus and Theodore. They were martyred in 310 at Adrianopolis (Adrianople), a location in modern Bulgaria.

Martyrs of Noviodunum – 4 saints: Three Christian men martyred together, date unknown – Gordian, Macrinus, Stratone and Valerian.
They were martyred in Noviodunum, Lower Moesia (near modern Isaccea, Romania).

Mercedarian Martyrs of Morocco – 6 beati: A group of six Mercedarians who were captured by Moors near Valencia, Spain and taken to Morocco. Though enslaved, they refused to stop preaching Christianity. Martyrs. – Dionisio, Francis, Ildefonso, James, John and Sancho. They were crucified in 1437 in Morocco.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Sierra Leyva
Bl Pascual Penades Jornet