THE SIXTH SORROW: MARY RECEIVES THE DEAD BODY OF JESUS IN HER ARMS
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me,” was the cry of the Lord from the Cross.
With Her Dead Child in Her arms, perhaps, the Mother of God would have also echoed the same question!
No answer given!
Yet, the tears that dropped from Her lovely eyes, to the cheeks of Her Tender Baby, carried the power of Hope and Trust and Faith!
We too sometimes encounter situations and times, when life crushes us
The Compassionate Mother Mary becomes a Model for us: To remain submissive to God’s Providence and be hopeful in faith!
(Reflect for some time and personalize the above-mentioned points)
Compassionate Mother Mary, intercede for me, that remain open to the Providence of the Lord in my life and to be hopeful and faithful, Amen!
VIRTUES TO BE PRACTISED
Submitting to the Providence of the Lord!
Being hopeful in faith!
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!
Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS