Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows In fulfilment of Simeon’s prophecy, a sword of sorrow pierced Our Lady’s soul as she accompanied the Passion of her Divine Son. Each one of His sufferings filled the Blessed Virgin’s Heart anew with pain. Yet She stood firm, keeping her station at the foot of the Cross, participating in Jesus’ torment until the end. See also: Mother Co-Redemptrix
St. Catherine Fieschi, widow (†1510). From a noble family of Genoa, she became a model of love of God and neighbour after abandoning worldliness. She was one of the inspirers of the Oratory of Divine Love, founded for the reform of customs among clergy and the laity.
Blessed Anton Maria Schwartz, priest. (†1929). Founder, in Vienna, of the Congregation of Christian Workers of St. Joseph Calasanz.
Blessed Camillus Costanzo, priest and martyr (†1622). Italian Jesuit burned alive during persecutions in Japan. Even from within the fire, he continued preach faith in Christ.
Blessed Paul Manna, priest (†1952). Priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions; when forced to leave missionary activity in Burma due to his weak health, he evangelized in Italy.
St. Mirin, hermit (†c.620). An Irish monk and missionary, disciple of St. Comgall, he was prior of Bangor Abbey in Northern Ireland before travelling to a yet-pagan region of western Scotland, where he founded a religious community which grew to become Paisley Abbey.
Blessed Ladislaus Miegon, priest and martyr (†1942). Polish priest deported to Dachau concentration camp, where he died under torture.
Blesseds John Baptist and Hyacinth of the Angels, martyrs (†1700). Zapotec Indians, martyred in Santo Domingo Xagacia (Mexico) for being catechists and refusing to adore pagan idols.
First Reading – Heb 5:7-9
In the days when Christ was in the flesh, He offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverence. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what he suffered; and when He was made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 31:2 and 3b, 3cd-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20 (R. 17)
R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.
n you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me,
make haste to deliver me! R.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. R.
You will free me from the snare they set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. R.
But my trust is in you, O LORD,
I say, “You are my God.”
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. R.
How great is your goodness, O LORD,
which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
you show in the sight of the children of men. R.
Gospel – Jn 19:25-27
Standing by the Cross of Jesus were his Mother
and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom He loved
H 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.