September - Our Lady of Sorrows

The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This devotion recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ. This was her role in salvation history, and what merited her place as the spiritual Mother of all Christians. This is symbolized by a single sword, or seven swords, piercing Mary's suffering heart, as foretold in Simeon's prophecy.

In 1233, seven young men founded the Servite Order (Order of the Servants of Mary).  They sought to spread devotion to the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The devotion became especially popular during World War II when so many mothers lost their sons to war.  According to tradition, those who recite the Hail Mary while meditating on the Seven Sorrows will receive seven graces.

The Seven Sorrows are:

1.       The Prophecy of Simeon
2.       The Flight into Egypt
3.       The Loss of the Child in the Temple
4.       Meeting of Mother and Son on the way to Calvary
5.       The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
6.       Taking Down the Body of Jesus from the Cross
7.       The Burial of Jesus

The Seven Graces promised are:

1.       I will grant peace to their families.
2.       They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
3.       I will console them in their pains and accompany them in their work.
4.       I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not contradict the will of my Son or harm the sanctification of their souls.
5.       I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the enemy and I will protect them at every instant.
6.       I will visibly help them at the hour of their death; they will see the face of their mother.
7.       Those who propagate this devotion to my tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness.

Litany of Loretto

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins,  
Mother of Christ, 
Mother of Divine Grace, 
Mother most Pure, 
Mother most Chaste,
Mother Inviolate, 
Mother Undefiled, 
Mother most Amiable, 
Mother most Admirable, 
Mother of good Counsel, 
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior, 
Virgin most Prudent, 
Virgin most Venerable, 
Virgin most Renowned, 
Virgin most Powerful, 
Virgin most Merciful, 
Virgin most Faithful, 
Mirror of Justice, 
Seat of Wisdom,
Cause of our Joy, 
Spiritual Vessel,
Vessel of Honor,
Singular Vessel of Devotion, 
Mystical Rose, 
Tower of David, 
Tower of Ivory, 
House of Gold, 
Ark of the Covenant, 
Gate of Heaven, 
Morning Star, 
Health of the Sick, 
Refuge of Sinners,
Comforter of the Afflicted,
Help of Christians, 
Queen of Angels, 
Queen of Patriarchs, 
Queen of Prophets, 
Queen of Apostles, 
Queen of Martyrs, 
Queen of Confessors, 
Queen of Virgins, 
Queen of all Saints, 
Queen conceived without Original Sin, 
Queen assumed into Heaven, 
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, 
Queen of the Family, 
Queen of Peace,    

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord! 

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord! 

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.   


V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.  

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.   


Let us pray.   


Grant, we beg Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for September, 2019

The Protection of the Oceans

That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans.


September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, but is the ninth according to our reckoning.  The Anglo-Saxons called it “gerst-monath,” “Barley month.”

September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 17: The Stigmata of St. Francis of Assiis
September 21: St. Matthew
September 29: St. Michael or Michaelmas Day


Fair on September first; fair for the month.

Plant trees at Michaelmas and command them to grow
Set them at Candlemas and entreat them to grow.

September blows soft, 
Till the fruits in the loft.

St. Matthew brings cold dew.