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September 15

Saint of the day:

Our Lady of Sorrows

The Story of Our Lady of Sorrows

For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September.

The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus’ words from the cross to Mary and to the beloved disciple.

Many early Church writers interpret the sword as Mary’s sorrows, especially as she saw Jesus die on the cross. Thus, the two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment.

Saint Ambrose in particular sees Mary as a sorrowful yet powerful figure at the cross. Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son’s wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed, but offered herself to her persecutors.




Her Seven Sorrows:


The Seven Sorrows of Mary:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35)

  2. The escape and Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)

  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus for three days in the Temple of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45)

  4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Via Dolorosa. The Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17)

  5. The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary. (John 19:25)

  6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus with a spear, and His Descent from the Cross. (Matthew 27:57–59)

  7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb. The Burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. (John 19:39–42)



  1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35) 
    Candlemas (The Presentation of the Lord): The light of the world (February 2)




   2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-21)
       Protecting Christ from Herod, this would become known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas (December 28)




   3. The Loss of Jesus for Three Days (Luke 2:41-50)
       Finding Christ among the Doctors in the Temple




   4. The Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17)
       Good Friday




   5. The Crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:18-30)
Good Friday

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   6. Jesus Taken Down from the Cross (John 19:39-40), 
       Piercing of the Side of Jesus and His Descent from the Cross

       Good Friday

       Time of Death: 3pm
       Only day of the year when there is NO mass




   7. Jesus Laid in the Tomb (John 19:39-42)
       Black Saturday, Jesus Rested





Her Seven Graces:

Seven Promises from Our Lady to those who daily pray seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on Our Lady’s Tears and Sorrows:

(as revealed to Saint Bridget of Sweden, a 14th century mystic who received extraordinary graces of visions of Jesus, Mary, and other Saints, and holy revelations of Heaven)


  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 I will accompany them in their work.

  4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.

  5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.

  6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.

  7. I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.




Four Principal Graces or Promises to the Devotees to Her Sorrows:

(as revealed to Saint Elizabeth, from the book “The Glories of Mary” by Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

1.  That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
2.  That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
3.  That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
4.  That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.


Seven Prayers to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows



Pope Pius VII approved another series of prayers in honor of the Seven Sorrows for daily meditation in 1815:


O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


    1. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God. Hail Mary…


    2. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and your sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety. Hail Mary…


    3. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the loss of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge. Hail Mary…


    4. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude. Hail Mary…


    5. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel. Hail Mary…


    6. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding. Hail Mary…


    7. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom. Hail Mary…


Let Us Pray:


Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Your bitter Passion. Through You, O Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns world without end. Amen.





The Chaplet (Little Rosary) of the Seven Sorrows

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Act of Contrition)

O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

V. O God, come to my assistance; (Make the Sign of the Cross on yourself as you say this line)
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

(Say each Sorrow, Meditate on it, Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys for each Sorrow, and Say the Verse)

The First Sorrow of Mary: The Prophecy of Simeon

1 Our Father:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

7 Hail Marys:
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


My Mother! Share Thy grief with me, and let me bear Thee company to mourn Thy Jesus’ death with Thee.

The Second Sorrow of Mary: The Flight into Egypt
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

The Third Sorrow of Mary: The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

The Fourth Sorrow of Mary: The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Way to Calvary
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

The Fifth Sorrow of Mary: The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

The Sixth Sorrow of Mary: The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and His Descent on the Cross
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

The Seventh Sorrow of Mary: The Burial of Jesus
1 Our Father …
7 Hail Marys …
Verse …

(Hail, Holy Queen- Salve, Regina)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile. show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

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

Let us pray.

O God, at whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow did pierce through the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary, grant that we, who commemorate and reverence Her sorrows, may experience the blessed effect of Thy Passion, Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

(3 Hail Marys in honor of the tears shed by Our Lady in Her Sorrows)

Hail Mary…
Hail Mary…
Hail Mary…



Blueberry and Chestnuts Tarts


Gluten-free Chestnuts Shortcrust Pastry

  • 120 g chestnuts flour

  • 120 g cornstarch

  • 120 g butter, cold and cubed

  • 90 g icing sugar

  • 30 g almonds flour

  • 2,5 g (½ tsp) Maldon salt

  • 5 g (1 tsp) vanilla powder

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 50 g eggs

Gluten-free Chestnuts and Blueberry Financier (Cake)

  • 40 g chestnuts flour

  • 55 g almonds flour

  • 99 g icing sugar

  • 44 g Mascobado raw cane sugar

  • a pinch (⅛ tsp) Maldon salt

  • 100 g brown butter (starting with 150 g butter)

  • 154 g egg whites, to room temperature

  • 55 g chestnuts cream

  • fresh blueberries

Blueberry and Vanilla Ganache

  • 240 g Waina 35% white chocolate

  • 40 g heavy cream 35% fat content

  • 40 g unsweetened almond milk

  • 80 g blueberry puree

  • 24 g lemon juice

  • 8 g acacia honey

  • 8 g glucose syrup

  • 16 g soft butter, to room temperature (20-25°C)

  • 2,5 g (½ tsp) Indigo Blueberry (natural food coloring)

  • 2,5 g (½ tsp) Blue Butterfly pea (natural food coloring)

  • 1 vanilla bean

Assembly and decoration 

  • white chocolate crispy pearls

  • fresh blueberries

  • edible flowers


Gluten-free chestnuts shortcrust pastry

  1. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer fitted with paddle attachment combine together chestnuts flour, cornstarch,  butter, icing sugar, tigernuts flour, salt, vanilla powder and lemon zest and work until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.

  2. Add to wire the eggs continuing to beat on low speed until the dough comes together.

  3. Once the pastry has come together, press into a neat flat square and cover in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge overnight.

  4. Line a perforated baking tray with perforated silicone mat and 4 greased 15,5 x 2 cm perforated tart rings.

  5. Roll out the shortcrust pastry to a thickness of 3/4 mm and line the tart rings. Chill in the freezer for 1h. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 160°C (ventilation mode).

  6. Pre-bake the tarts to 160°C for 15 minutes, until the edges of the shortcrust begin to retreat from the ring and the shortcrust is starting to get golden-brown color. Remove from oven and allow to cool down, without removing the tart rings. Make the financier.

Gluten-free chestnuts and blueberry financier

  1. To make the Beurre Noisette, boil 150 g butter in a saucepan until it becomes a golden-brown color (about 6-7 minutes). When it is ready, you should also notice a nutty aroma. Strain through a cheese cloth into a bowl and weight the butter to obtain 100 g. Allow the brown butter to cool down to 45 ̊C at room temperature. Store the leftover brown butter in an airtight container in the fridge (you can use it for greasing the tart rings, for example).

  2. In a bowl sift the chestnuts flour, the tigernuts flour and the icing sugar. Add the Mascobado sugar and salt and mix by hand with a fine whisk.

  3. Add the egg whites and mix until combined. Add the chestnuts cream and combine. Add the lukewarm brown butter and mix until fully incorporated.

  4. Divide the financier into the 4 pre-baked tart shells, without reaching the top of the shortcrust and ensuring to leave a gap for the ganache. Lay some fresh blueberries on top of the financier and press them gently and slightly down into the financier.

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the financier is firm, puffy and golden-brown in color and the shortcrust pastry is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down before removing the tart rings.

Blueberry and vanilla ganache

  1. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave to 45°C.

  2. Heat together heavy cream, almond milk, blueberry puree, lemon juice, acacia honey and glucose syrup in the microwave without boiling.

  3. Pour the hot mix over the chocolate in three times, stirring with a spatula in a circular pattern until the ganache is well combined, smooth and glossy.

  4. Pour the ganache into a mixing glass or a measuring cup, add the natural food colorings and the vanilla seeds and mix with a hand blender to obtain the best and most silky smooth consistency and possibly without adding air bubbles.

  5. Add the soft butter and emulsify once more.

  6. Pour the ganache over the financier and chill in the fridge for about 3h.

Assembly and decoration 

  1. Once the ganache is firm, decorate one side of each tart with some fresh "flowers" blueberries and whole blueberries, white chocolate crispy pearls and edible flowers.

  2. How to cut blueberries into flower designs: hold a quite big blueberry upright between two fingers, and cut into the centre of the blueberry in a zig-zag pattern, all the way around. Then gently pull apart to reveal two blueberry flowers.

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