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Our Lady in the Sorrowful Mysteries

Written by: Denise Serafini on Saturday, March 11, 2017

One of the members of the Knights of Columbus Color Guard here in Connecticut had said to me in a couple of events in past years that he wanted to bring one of our presentations to his church in East Haven. He said, “When you come to my church I promise that you will present to a filled church.” Well true to his word, the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii was filled almost to capacity on Wednesday, March 8 with married couples, young families and CCD students. I was genuinely touched to see such a large group of people gathered to walk with Jesus in His Passion. We also had the pleasure of having the president of our Apostolate in attendance, something that is very rare since our presentation arrangements and his work schedule never seemed to align for him to attend.

Presiding over the event was the pastor’s assistant, who filled in for the pastor who had been called to tend to another pastoral commitment. Pastoral Assistant Pat set the tone for the entire event in carrying the Relic of the True Cross on high during the opening procession to bring everyone’s focus of attention to the Cross of Salvation. What a wonderful beginning to a truly touching event.

Each of the meditations for this year contain a perspective on what Our Lady was experiencing as she walked alongside her Son during His Passion. The context of those moments highlighted within the readings, seemed to move a number of the people (men and women alike) in the congregation to tears, witnessing to their sharing in Mary’s sorrows, particularly during the depiction of the crucifixion and the piercing of the side of Jesus.

Meditating on Christ’s Passion is something we tend to focus on only during the Lenten Season, but the fact of the matter is that His Passion should be at the forefront of our prayer life throughout the year. We also tend to focus mainly of Christ’s sufferings and forget that the two, Jesus and His Mother, were sent here to bring the message of the great love of the Father and participate with us and for us in the greater mystery of salvation. Perhaps we can take the opportunity to enhance our meditations each time we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary to include thoughts regarding Our Lady’s role in our redemption.

Mary, in the mysteries of the rosary, reveals in the person of Jesus Christ the whole of God’s plan fulfilled in Him and that intimate communion with Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. She leads us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and outlines the means for us to share in the life of the Holy Trinity. Mary serves as mediator, witness, teacher and educator for the mysteries of the faith.

Her role at the foot of the Cross is to be the mediatrix of all graces. Therefore, let us approach the cross through the eyes of Mary that she might bind her sufferings to that of her son as an offering to help us in our struggles and sorrows and to build us as true disciples of Christ, reflecting his love in every aspect of our lives.

Our Lady of Pompeii is depicted as Our Lady of the Rosary. with St. Dominic and St Catherine of Siena. In her apparitions at Fatima, Mary noted that our personal issues and all the pressing problems of the world could be brought to resolution and even wars could be averted in praying the rosary and fasting.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said of the rosary,

“The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order. The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.”

There is also a wonderful prayer to Our Lady of Pompeii that reads:

“Queen of Pompeii, help us to remember that true beauty lies not in external appearances, but rather in what comes from within. Let us never forget that God loves, above all things, the beauty of each individual human soul.”

With that thought in mind let us pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary and invoke the intercession of Our Lady to build us as a reflection of the love of Her Son. Let us ask her to help us to live our lives from the perspective of his Cross; the Cross of Divine Mercy; the Cross of Divine Love.