Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Catholic Traditions: September

September is always a busy month for Americans.  Religious Education begins, school is back in session, fall sports is in full swing and everyone is coming off their summer holidays. Oh, and our spiritual lives are important too. Here are a couple of tidbits to help us focus on growing in holiness during all the craziness.

Month of September

Traditionally, the Church dedicates the month of September to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. This venerable Scriptual meditation was not formally recommended to the universal Church until the nineteenth century by Pope Pius VII. Prior to this, the Servite Order received permission in 1668 to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Dolors since the order was instrumental in promoting the devotion of the Seven Sorrows.

The formal devotion prayer can be found on The Seven Dolors of Mary Web page.

1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
2. The Flight into Egypt.
3. The Loss of the Child Jesus
4. The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion
6. Jesus’ body Struck by a Lance, Taken Down from the Cross
7. The Burial of Jesus.

During the month of September, several Memorials and Feasts stand out.  The first is the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross on September 14. Immediately following is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows – more to come as we approach the particular days. Additionally, Michaelmas, one of the four quarterly solar Solemnities/Feasts occur.

Week Day Devotions

If you are looking to assist your prayer life by focusing more on a daily basis then the following are the traditional dedications for each day of the week:

  1. Sunday: Holy Trinity
  2. Monday: Souls in Purgatory or the Holy Spirit
  3. Tuesday: Guardian Angels
  4. Wednesday: St. Joseph
  5. Thursday: Blessed Sacrament
  6. Friday: Precious Blood
  7. Saturday: Mary

I pray as you gear up for your school and religious education year that the Holy Spirit will enlighten your minds and inflame your hearts for love of the Most Blessed Saviour.

Prayer for the Student

Direct, we beg you, O Lord, our actions by your holy inspirations, and carry them on by your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may begin always with you, and through you be happily ended. Amen. (Roman Ritual)

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