15th September – Seven Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

The Virgin of Seven Sorrows by Heather Staka
The Virgin of Seven Sorrows by Heather Staka

has appeared to the mountain

dwellers, her grief  engraved

where stone softens to clay. Keep

your eyes sharp for a dagger.

In its hilt, you’ll find her face

pressed to the earth’s cheek. Kiss

this sacred spot before the rains

wash it away like her orphaned

feet. Notched heart cradles

a planet heavy with night-

mares flying into empty mouths.

Listen for their thirsty murmurs.

She’ll push her ponderous child

into the dew of  a San Felipe dawn,

name him Salvador. They’ll rest

beneath a web spun umbilical,
eclipsed from our human eyes.
Our Lady
stone             clay
earth
rain
orphaned
heart
eclipsed
seven sorrows
The Seven Sorrows that according to tradition , piece Mary’s heart are:

1.The Presentation In the Temple –  [ Luke 2.22-35 ], where she is told by Simon that her son’s fate will peice her own heart. 

Immaculate_Heart_of_Mary_001

2. The Flight Into Egypt  – after the slaughter of the innocents – They flee into Egypt. [Matt 2.13-15] 

flight-into-egypt-17th-century-2
‘مريم ويوسف لما توجهوا الى أرض مصر’ (Mary and Joseph When They Departed to the Land of Egypt From Coptic Manuscript The Four Gospels in Coptic and Arabic, dated to 1663 AD, and kept at the British Library, London (Or. 1316 f.5v).

 

 3. The Loss In The Temple [ Luke 2.39-52]

(c) Sudley House; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

 

4.The Way Of The Cross 

‘Who, my Lady, seeing thee shed such tears would dare to ask thee why thou weepest? Neither the Earth, nor the sea, nor all the heavens can serve as a term of comparison to thy sorrow’

 

jesus-meets-his-mother
Artist unknown

5. Jesus Dies On The Cross – John 19.25.

The Cross was raised on high;
The Mother grieved beside-
But the Mother saw Him die
And took Him when he died…

Taken from “Mary’s Son”, by Rudyard Kipling , 1946 after the death of his son John, 1916

 

In the Arms Of His Mother – They Pieta

pieta illustration
Artist unknown

 

7. Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb – Mathew 27.59

 

 

 

 

Published by The Delightful Mrs P

Witch, Writer, Card Slinger, Chocolate Lover, Tea Drinker, Cake Eater & Mystic. A Northern Lass, a Walker between and betwixt. I'll talk to Anyone, dead or alive.

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