Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of 9/11. May we never forget to pray for the repose of the souls of those who passed in such a violent and tragic way. May we continue to pray for peace and turn to Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Light.
On September 14 we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast commemorates the finding of Jesus’ cross in 326, the consecration of Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher some ten years later, and the recovery in 628 or 629 by Emperor Heraclius of a major portion of the cross that had been removed by the Persians from its place of veneration in Jerusalem. The feast originated in Jerusalem and spread through the East before being adopted by the West. General adoption followed the building at Rome of the Basilica of the Holy Cross, where a major portion of the cross was enshrined. This feast day reminds us “We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.” (Entrance Antiphon)
On September 15 we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. On the feast of her Assumption, August 15, 1233, Our Lady appeared to seven noblemen of Florence, instructing them to establish a religious order which would preach her sorrows to the Christian world. She appeared again on Good Friday, April 15, 1240. In the 2nd apparition, Mary presented the 7 with a habit, indicated to them the rule for the order, and gave them the name “Servants of Mary.” The 7 holy founders of the Servites built their first monastery in Monte Senario. A number of devotions in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother grew out of the fervent preaching of the Servite Friars.
Have a good week in the Risen Lord, Gay Snell