The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Epistle • Judith 13:22-25Lesson from the Book of Judith.
[Praises of the illustrious woman (the Blessed Virgin) by whose virtue and fortitude the children of Israel (the Church) were preserved from destruction.]
The Lord hath blessed Thee by His power, Who by Thee hath brought our enemies to nought. Blessed art Thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord Who made Heaven and earth, because He hath so magnified Thy name this day, that Thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men, who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever: for that Thou hast not spared Thy life by reason of the distress and tribulation of Thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God.
Gospel • John 19:25-27
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[Jesus said to St. John, who personified all Christians: “Behold thy Mother.”]
At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother and His Mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing Whom He loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman, behold Thy son. After that He saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother. And from that hour the disciple took Her to his own.