Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, a day to remember the sufferings Mary endured during the life of Jesus on earth.

To help remind us of this month of Our Lady of Sorrows, I had created some altar table art. You can see the picture above. I also used some simple votive candle holders, tissue paper, printed pictures of Mary's sorrows, and mod podge to create a candle craft that we used today (shown below). I used these items along with a Tears of Our Lady taste activity (using Sour Patch Kids candy for us) to introduce the kids to Mary's sorrows in a gentle way.

I introduced the first sorrow of Mary, lighting a candle, saying a Hail Mary, and handing a piece of candy to each of the kids, explaining that the though we may "taste" sorrow (sourness) in our life, as Mary did, the "sweet" always followed - in this case, the joy of salvation. We did this for all seven sorrows before finishing with our prayer. Overall, this was a short and simple (and fun!) way to explain the sorrows of Mary.

Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolation for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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