In preparation for the Feast of the Mother of Compassion on September 15
The First Sorrow: The Prophecy of Simeon
The time was festive and the mood was joyous when Jesus was being presented in the Temple.
It’s in this special time that Simeon comes forward to bless the Child Jesus.
But it comes with a catch: Mother Mary was to be pierced by a sword – a sword of sorrow!
The celebratory atmosphere suddenly turns a bit gloomy and overcast!
Many are the times when we enjoy joyful moments, when a sudden crisis hits our life.
The Compassionate Mother Mary becomes the Model for us: To be Patient and Trustful!
Compassionate Mother Mary, intercede for me, that I may grow in my patience and learn to be trusting in God, even when situations in my life are hard and difficult.
VIRTUES TO BE PRACTISED
Patience in trials
Trusting God in difficult moments
Compassionate Mother, Immaculate Virgin, look upon us with mercy. Help us in our daily trials and sorrows. For You are the comforter of those in pain and sorrow. You are the refuge of the abandoned and shelterless. You are the hope of the depressed and the despairing. Have compassion on us and come to our help.
You have known anguish and the bitterness of suffering and pain. Standing at the foot of the Cross, You witnessed the agony and death of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In deep sorrow, You held His Dead Body in Your arms. As You had compassion for the sufferings of Jesus, and suffered with Him and for Him, remember Dearest Mother, these our particular trials and sufferings (silence for a moment, placing your intentions)
Strengthen us, comfort us, intercede for us and free us from every evil.
Jesus died for us in torments and thus redeemed us through His Death. Compassionate Mother, You had a great share in the mystery of the Incarnation. By the anguish of Your heart and by suffering with Jesus for the salvation of humankind, You are the co-Redemptrix of the human race.
Intercede for us that Your Divine Son may grant us pardon, grace, purity of body and soul and all the spiritual and temporal blessings we now stand in need of.
Hail Mary, Glory Be,
Mother of Compassion, Pray for us
Let us pray
Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord, Jesus Christ, that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, Whose most Holy Soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrows at the Hour of Your Own Passion, may intercede for us before Your Throne of Mercy, now and at the hour of our death, Amen!
God Bless! Live Jesus!