The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

Our Lady of Sorrows


Image: “The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother’s pain untold?

 Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,

she beheld her tender Child

All with bloody scourges rent.


For the sins of His own nation,
 saw Him hang in desolation,

Till His spirit forth He sent.

O sweet Mother! fount of love!
 Touch my spirit from above,
 make my heart with thine accord.

 Make me feel as thou hast felt;

make my soul to glow and melt

with the love of Christ, my Lord.

Stabat Mater

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Andre John

posted September 15, 2010 at 4:48 am

this picture of Mary looks really SORROWFUL, she looks like she is the one who is dead, she looks eerily like a ghost or a mummy with those clothes.
Holy Mary, mother of JesusChrist, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our deaths. AMEN.
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Andre John

posted September 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

The 7 sorrows of Mary:
* at the prophecy of Simeon;
* at the flight into Egypt;
* having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem;
* meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary;
* standing at the foot of the Cross;
* Jesus being taken from the Cross;
* at the burial of Christ.

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted September 15, 2010 at 8:09 am

Thank you so much – this is beautiful, hauntingly so.

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