By Christina Hermoso
Rev. Fr. Jose S. Aripio, provincial superior of the Society of St. Paul, will preside over a high mass at 6 p.m. Friday at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa), in remembrance of the spiritual martyrdom of the Blessed Mother.
The feast is significantly marked a day after the Feast of the Holy Cross to signify the participation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Passion of Jesus Christ.
In observance of the feast, Church officials encourage the faithful to recite seven Hail Mary’s and to reflect on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady namely: 1. The Prophecy of Simeon in the Temple, 2. The Flight into Egypt, 3. The Carrying of the Cross on Mount Calvary, 5. The Crucifixion, 6. The Taking Down from the Cross, and 7. The Burial of Jesus. Devotion to the sorrows of Mary gave rise to the figure in Christian art of the Pieta, the sorrowing mother holding the Body of her Son. Initiated by the Servants of Mary in 1668, the feast was extended to the Universal Church by Pope Pius VIII in 1814.