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September: The Month Dedicated To The Seven Sorrows Of Mary
Well, the calendar has turned another month; school is already in session and our parish church renovations are well underway. Just a reminder, Masses on weekend Masses on Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM are celebrated in Fr. Herrmann Hall (gymnasium). Also, the Holy Trinity School Mass is on Monday at 8:15 AM is in Fr. Herrmann Hall. Weekday Masses on Tuesday through Saturday are in the chapel of the Parish Ministry Center at 8:15 AM.
The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. The Cistercians and then the Servites undertook to propagate it. It became widespread in the fourteenth and especially the fifteenth centuries, particularly in the Rhineland and Flanders, where Confraternities of the Sorrowful Mother sprang up. It was in this context that the first liturgical formularies in her honor were composed. A provincial council of Mainz in 1423 made use of these in establishing a "Feast of the Sorrows of Mary" in reparation for Hussite profanations of her images.
In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France. It did not, however, become widespread in France before Benedict XIII included it in the Roman Calendar in 1727 and assigned it to the Friday before Palm Sunday.
Some Churches had previously celebrated this feast during the Easter season. Others, however, celebrated the Joys of the Blessed Virgin during the Easter season, as is still done today at Braga. In some places it was entitled "Recollection of the Feasts and Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
Excerpted from The Church at Prayer, Vol. IV A.G. Martimort.
God vouchsafed to select the very things about Him which are most incommunicable, and in a most mysteriously real way communicate them to her. See how He had already mixed her up with the eternal designs of creation, making her almost a partial cause and partial model of it. Our Lady's co-operation in the redemption of the world gives us a fresh view of her magnificence. Neither the Immaculate Conception nor the Assumption will give us a higher idea of Mary's exaltation than the title of co-redemptress. Her sorrows were not necessary for the redemption of the world, but in the counsels of God they were inseparable from it. They belong to the integrity of the divine plan. Are not Mary's mysteries Jesus' mysteries, and His mysteries hers? The truth appears to be that all the mysteries of Jesus and Mary were in God's design as one mystery. Jesus Himself was Mary's sorrow, seven times repeated, aggravated sevenfold. During the hours of the Passion, the offering of Jesus and the offering of Mary were tied in one. They kept pace together; they were made of the same materials; they were perfumed with kindred fragrance; they were lighted with the same fire; they were offered with kindred dispositions. The two things were one simultaneous oblation, interwoven each moment through the thickly crowded mysteries of that dread time, unto the eternal Father, out of two sinless hearts, that were the hearts of Son and Mother, for the sins of a guilty world which fell on them contrary to their merits, but according to their own free will.
— Fr. Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross.
“Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too." Luke 2:34-35
The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin is the earliest known altarpiece by Albrecht Dürer. The central panel depicts the sorrowful Mother after the Crucifixion. Around her are seven panels with detailing the scences from the life of the Christ that make up the Seven Sorrows of Mary (from top left): The Circumcision and Prophecy of Simeon; the Flight into Egypt; Loss of Child Jesus for Three Days, Jesus on his Way to Calvary; the Crucifixion, Body of Christ and Lamentations; the Burial of Christ
Dürer highlights the Blessed Mother's intense sufferings in his astonishing altarpiece. As foretold by Simeon, she was pierced by the sword of sorrow as she stood at the foot of the Cross.
Each month of the liturgical year is devoted to a particular Catholic tradition, usually centered on a Feast during that month. As August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, September follows as the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows.
We see this theme of joy followed by affliction mirrored in the liturgical calendar in two September Feasts – the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14 and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15. Happy the heart of the blessed Virgin Mary! She, without dying, earned the treasure of martyrdom beneath the Cross of our Lord for her anguish. Dürer has forever memorialized this event.
The name of Our Lady of Sorrows centers on the extraordinary and bittersweet suffering the Blessed Mother experienced during Christ's Passion. As seen in the artwork above, her agony is composed of "The Seven Dolors," that pierced the Heart of Mary. Dürer’s portrayal of each event encompasses the central figure of Christ's sorrowful Mother.
During this month of September, we are drawn into the spiritual martyrdom that the Blessed Mother experienced during the physical martyrdom of Jesus. The evils of sin are manifest but conquered through intense suffering. The Blessed Mother's tears of anguish reflect God's washing away of sin. If you haven't ever prayed the Seven Sorrows chaplet, you might want to consider exploring this devotion.
Holy Mother, imprint deeply upon my heart the wounds of the Crucified.
More information about Our Mother of Sorrows:
September Prayer Intention of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI are:
- Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
- Service to the poor. That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.
Saints for September
September 01: St. Giles
September 02: Blessed John Du Lau and the September Martyrs
September 03: St. Gregory the Great
September 04: St. Rose of Viterbo
September 05: St. Lawrence Justinian
September 06: Blessed Bertrand
September 07: Blessed John Duckett and Blessed Ralph Corby
September 08: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 09: St. Peter Claver
September 10: St. Nicholas of Tolentino
September 11: Blessed Louis of Thuringia
September 12: St. Eanswida
September 13: St. John Chrysostom
September 14: Triumph of the Cross
September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows
September 16: St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian
September 17: St. Robert Bellarmine
September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino
September 19: St. Januarius
September 20: St. Andrew Kim Taegon
September 21: St. Matthew
September 22: St. Thomas of Villanova
September 23: St. Thecla
September 24: St. Pacifus
September 25: St. Sergius
September 26: St. Cosmas and St. Damien
September 27: St. Vincent De Paul
September 28: St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions
September 29: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael
September 30: St. Jerome
Young at Heart 2014
Fri, Sep 19
Young at Heart 2014--Villa St. Joseph, a residential nursing care facility, will present Young at Heart 2014, a fund-raising gala, on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. The event begins at 6 pm with a reception. It raises funds for Music Therapy and Benevolent Care, which provides approximately $400,000 annually to more than 60 percent of the Villa residents. Tickets for Young at Heart 2014 are $125 per person. Tables of eight are $1,000. Deadline for reservations is September 5. Online registration is available at: www.bit.ly/YoungatHeart2014. For more information, contact Ray Niedenberger, Director of Development, at 724-869-6321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
33 Days to Morning Glory
Mon, Sep 23, 7:00pm
This fall St. Margaret Mary will be hosting a Women’s Group Six Week Retreat Study on the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a parish-based program from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception called “All Hearts Afire.” This study is on the book “33 Days to Morning Glory” which is the best selling Catholic book on Amazon. The goal of the program is to lead us to formally entrust ourselves to Mary through a consecration to her Immaculate Heart. She then leads us more closely to the Sacred Heart of her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Mon, Sep 23 at 7:00pm in the Dompka Center there will be an opportunity to sign up and get more information. If interested please call Chris Stasa @ 412-269-0505 or e-mail Chris at email@example.com.
Marriage Enrichment Dinner
Thu, Sep 25, 6:30pm
Gilmary Center is hosting a Marriage Enrichment Dinner on Thu, Sep 25 at 6:30pm. You and your spouse can enjoy a six course meal and hear a talk Marriage: Our Yes to God by guest speakers Ken & Sharon Dorman. Call Lilli at 412-264-8400 or visit our website www.gilmarycenter.org. Please register by Thu, Sep 18.
Passion & Purpose for Marriage
Sat, Sep 27, 9:00-10:30am
Led byrenowned speaker and author Dr. Allen Hunt at Sts. John & Paul, Franklin Park. Come for a great morning of listening, learning, scripture, and prayer. Don't worry, no one will be asked to share their feelings with the group. This is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person of faith who strives to love in all their relationships. As a bonus, you will receive a great swag bag to take home!
For tickets ($25/person): on sale after selected Masses, or call the church office at 724-935-2104.
76th International Eucharistic Rosary March
Sun, Oct 5
At Epiphany Church, 164 Washington Place
There will not be a Mass. 1:30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Rosary will be prayed en route from Epiphany Church through the City of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary. For information call 412-885-8822 or 412-881-0311.
Golden Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Oct 12, 2:30pm
The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This year's event will begin with Mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sun, Oct 12 at 2:30pm. Bishop Zubik will be the main celebrant. A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral. Cathedral and hall are both accessible.
If you are one of the couples celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2014, and would like to receive an invitation to this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than Sun, Aug 10.
Fri, Oct 24, 6:00-10:00pm and Sat, Oct 24 9:00am-3:00pm
St. Basil Parish offers diocesan approved Pre-Cana classes for couples preparing for marriage. Please call the St. Basil parish office at 412-882-9763 to register or for information.
Montour High School Class Reunion for 1973 & 1974
Sat, Oct 25
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For the Crisis in the Middle EastRead more
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- OCT 4
to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionRead more
- NOV 7
Holy Trinity School Annual Auction EventRead more
- DEC 1
Part of The Great Adventure Bible Study ProgramRead more
Mondays during Advent, then picking up again on Mondays during Lent