In the midst of this year steeped in sorrow and loss, Campus Ministry and the Holy Cross Community are offering the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Sept. 15) as a time to communally mourn our losses and draw together in our sorrows. All members of the UP community are invited to offer their intentions, struggles, and lamentations using this link. Community members are also invited to join via stream the 5 p.m. Mass from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on September 15, at which all submissions will be lifted up in prayer. The Mass will be streamed over the Campus Ministry YouTube live stream using this link: youtube.com/user/upcampusministry/live
Our Lady of Sorrows is a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in honor of the many sorrows and struggles that she endured as the mother of the Christ. Under this title, she is the patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross. She serves as a powerful reminder that even in the most difficult of times, one can continue to trust that God is still present and at work.
There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother Mary, who knew grief and was a Lady of Sorrows. She is our special patroness, a woman who bore much She could not understand and who stood fast. To Her many sons and daughters, whose devotions ought to bring them often to Her side, She tells much of this daily cross and its daily hope. (Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross 8:120).