September is Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Each month of the liturgical year is devoted to a particular Catholic tradition, usually centered on a Feast during that month.  As August was the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, September follows as the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows.

We see this theme of joy followed by affliction mirrored in the liturgical calendar in two September feasts – the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14 and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15.  Happy the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary!  She, without, dying, earned the treasure of martyrdom beneath the Cross of our Lord for her anguish.

The name of Our Lady of Sorrows centers on the extraordinary and bittersweet suffering the Blessed Mother experienced during Christ’s Passion.   During this month of September, we are drawn into the spiritual martyrdom that the Blessed Mother experienced during the physical martyrdom of Jesus.  The evils of sin are manifest but conquered through intense suffering.  The Blessed Mother’s tears of anguish reflect God’s washing away of sin. If you haven’t ever prayed the Seven Sorrows Chaplet, you might want to consider exploring this devotion.