The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

On September 15, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, under her title of “Our Lady of Sorrows.”The feast commemorates events in the life of Mary, as told in the Scriptures.  There is a traditional devotion for Our Lady of Sorrows—a rosary consisting of seven decades, with each consisting of one Our Father and seven Hail Mary’s.The seven sorrows of Our Lady are: The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-25) or the Circumcision of Christ  The Flight Into Egypt (Matthew 2:13)  The Loss of the … [Read more...]

The Exaltation of the Cross

On September 14, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross.This picture, the Exaltation of the Cross, is taken from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry)—the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century.Dating back to around 1410 A.D., the richly decorated book contains prayers to be said at each of the canonical hours of the day.  There are 416 pages in all, with 131 large miniatures as well as elaborately dec … [Read more...]