Today, my parish does not celebrate Our Lady of Sorrows as a Feast but a Solemnity. Why? Under this particular title, our parish, was instituted and entrusted. I was going to write a little history on the feast but I found that the opening hymn for Morning Prayer would better illustrate how Our Lady reflects her Son. Today, on this the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows, I offer this for your reflection, especially lines four and five:
Mary the Dawn
Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the Gate, Christ the Heav’nly Way!
Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the Rose-Tree, Christ the Rose Blood-red!
Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son.
Both ever blest while endless ages run.