Our Lady in September
September is the month devoted to the Seven Sorrows of Mary, Mary who always leads us to her Son, and we can make it a prayerful reparation to our Blessed Mother’s Sorrowful Heart.
This month is filled with beautiful feast days dedicated to Our Lady and to great saints who shaped their own lives after her example. There is nothing like a birthday party to bring some happiness and fun into a week though! How much more should we get from the birthday of our Heavenly Mother, whose “yes” brought us the birth of our Saviour?
Just as school and work are getting back into routine after the summer hols, this birthday celebration is exactly what we need to keep a spirit of joy, as we are called to work with renewed vigour, continuing to support, and take care of each other as the Pandemic hang around us. I remember a Mum who used to have a birthday cake for Mary on 8th September, and we’d sing happy birthday or perhaps a Marian song like ‘Immaculate Mary’ to celebrate. Without God’s wonderful providence in the birth of Mary, the mother of our Saviour, we would be a people of no hope, no forgiveness, and no heaven. Let’s give thanks and celebrate her birthday! Rosary, Mass and, yes, birthday cake and song!
Come 15th September, the day after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14th) when the Church marks the finding of the true cross by St Helena and the dedication of churches on the sites of Christ’s death and burial, we prayerfully honour the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. It’s a day for us to journey with Mary who so lovingly and sorrowfully journeyed the Way of the Cross with her Son. Remembering Mary’s seven sorrows means remembering how deeply Our Blessed Mother can understand and assist us during our sorrows and troubles too. It’s also an important day for each of us to seek to console her. One way to do that is to pray the Seven Sorrows devotion on our rosaries.
Not sure how to do that? Two choices: Come to Rosary in church on Wednesday 15th at 6 pm and join with others or just google and pray the beads, sharing and praying with Our Blessed Lady.
Prayer for us Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Fr David Jones, OLW