|Our Lady of Sorrows
Sancta Mater Dolorosa
|Seven Swords Piercing the Sorrowful Heart of Mary in the Church of the Holy Cross,
Roman Catholic Church
Friday before Good Friday
Blessed Virgin Mary in mournful state, tears, bleeding heart pierced by seven daggers
Seven Sorrows of Mary,
Our Lady of Sorrows (
Latin: Beata Maria Virgo Perdolens), Our Lady of Dolours, the Sorrowful Mother or Mother of Sorrows (Latin: Mater Dolorosa), and Our Lady of Piety, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows or Our Lady of the Seven Dolours are
names by which the
Virgin Mary is referred to in relation to sorrows in her life. As Mater Dolorosa, it is also a key subject for
Marian art in the Catholic Church.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary are a popular
Roman Catholic devotion. In common religious Catholic imagery, the Virgin Mary is portrayed in a sorrowful and lacrimating affect, with seven long knives or daggers piercing her heart, often bleeding. Devotional prayers that consist of
meditation began to elaborate on her Seven Sorrows based on the prophecy of
Simeon. Common examples of piety under this title are
Servite rosary, or the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and the
Seven Joys of Mary and more recently, "
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary".
The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is liturgically celebrated every 15 September, while a feast of
Friday of Sorrows is observed in some