This week, in what is normally the interview segment of “Vatican Insider” that follows the news review, I’ve prepared a Special on the Seven Sorrows of Mary as a prelude to Holy Week. Perhaps we rarely think of the Seven Sorrows of Mary but there are many times during the year when reflections on those sorrows can be useful and inspiring. In fact, the final four of those 7 sorrows are all related to Christ’s passion and death, so in this Lenten season, as a lead-up to the Passion, let’s take a look.

Maybe I should first ask: Can you name the seven sorrows of Mary? Did you know that Our Lady revealed seven promises to St. Bridget of Sweden in the 14th century for those who recite seven Hail Marys daily while reflecting on her tears and sorrows?

The promises are truly amazing!

I hope this adds a special touch to your Lenten weekend!

The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin; Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 – 1561); about 1525–1530; Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment; Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.); Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 251v; No Copyright – United States (  Ad Imaginem Dei: Our Lady of Sorrows, The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary

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