Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

September 6 – 14 (via Sensus Fidelium) September 6 Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary Preparatory Prayer (to be said each day) Bid me bear, O Mother blessed, On my heart the wounds impressed Suffered by the Crucified! Meditation From the dolorous way of Our Lord’s passion Holy Church selected fourteen incidents to place before us for consideration, which are called the Stations of the Cross. In the same manner the pious devotion of the faithful selected seven events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and gives itself to their religious contemplation. They are:...

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How to Pray the Servite Rosary

The Servite Rosary owes its origin to the Servite Order founded by the Seven Holy Founders in 1233. From the beginning, they dedicated their lives to Our Lady of Sorrows. The Servite Rosary is comprised of 7 decades in memory of Mary’s 7 sorrows. It is customary to begin with an Act of Contrition, to call to mind the role our sins had in Mary’s sufferings. At the beginning of each group, the sorrow is announced, followed by an Our Father and seven Hail Marys. At the end of the rosary, we say 3 Hail Marys in honor of Our Lady’s tears.   St. Bridget of Sweden...

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Our Lady of the Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  If you’re wondering why, it’s important to note that Catholics celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th.  We’ll discuss why we celebrate this feast on this day, but first, it’s important to understand what the rosary is.   A HISTORY OF THE ROSARY While many credit St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, with the invention of the rosary, there are earlier variations of the prayer.  In early Christian tradition, monks would pray the Our Father 150 times using a string...

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Divine Mercy: Understanding God’s Message

Ciao. My name is Crystal and I am the Religious Education Director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Denver. I want to share with you something that is very near and dear to my heart: Divine Mercy. I had never heard of Divine Mercy until a few years ago when my mother-in-law was visiting from Italy. She gave me a pamphlet about Saint Maria Faustina and her visions of hell. This pamphlet was in Italian so I had to ask my husband to translate it for me. As he was reading, I was mesmerized and set out to learn more about this nun and her writings. I didn’t know where to begin and, as often times...

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The Three Pillars of Lent

Lent is a time for spiritual reflection and growth.  After Jesus was baptized, he retreated to the desert for 40 days.  He spent this time fasting and praying, all while being tempted by Satan.  Lent is a period of unity with Jesus and His time in the desert.  Just as Jesus prepared for His upcoming ministry and eventual crucifixion, so also do we prepare for Easter, one of the most important feasts in the Church. The three pillars of Lent are: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  During His time in the desert, Satan tempted Jesus three times.  Each temptation is...

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Our Lady of Sorrows

  September 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Servites introduced this feast in order to intensify devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows.  This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance.   HISTORY & SIGNFICANCE Five years after the Seven Holy Founders created the Servite Order, they chose the Sorrowful Mother standing at the foot of the Cross as their main...

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