The Seven Sorrows Devotion
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15.
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows).
The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget
The Seven Graces:
- I will grant peace to their families.
- They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
- I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
- 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.
- I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
- I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
- I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and sorrows, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
The Seven Sorrows
The prophecy of Simeon
"and you yourself a sword will pierce" so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:35).
The flight into Egypt
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him’” (Matthew 2:13).
The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple
“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety’” (Luke 2:46, 48).
The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross
“A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him” (Luke 23:27).
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:25–27).
The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took his body” (John 19:38).
The burial of Jesus
“The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils” (Luke 23:55–56).
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of September 2019
The Protection of the Oceans: That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans.
Feasts for September
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of September are:
September 1 - Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
September 3 - St. Gregory the Great, Memorial
September 5 - St. Teresa of Calcutta, Optional Memorial
September 8 - Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
September 9 - Peter Claver (USA), Memorial
September 12 - Most Holy Name of Mary, Optional Memorial
September 13 - John Chrysostom, Memorial
September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast
September 15 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday - Our Lady of Sorrows, whose Memorial
September 16 - Cornelius and Cyprian, Memorial
September 17 - Robert Bellarmine, Optional Memorial
September 19 - Januarius, Optional Memorial
September 20 - Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Memorial
September 21 - Matthew, Feast
September 22 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
September 23 - Pio of Pietrelcina, Memorial
September 26 - Cosmas and Damian, Optional Memorial
September 27 - Vincent de Paul, Memorial
September 28 - Wenceslaus; Lawrence Ruiz and Companions; St. Simón de Rojas O.SS. (Spain), Optional Memorial
September 29 - Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
September 30 - Jerome, Memorial