Our Lady standing under the Cross from the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in September
Friday in Passiontide is dedicated to remembering the suffering endured by our Blessed Mother for our Redemption. Concerning her role in Redemption, Dom Gueranger writes,
On the First Saturday of April, Our Lady of Grace Sodality celebrated the consecration of one of the Sodalists.
Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and meet together all you who love her; rejoice exceedingly, you who have been in sorrow, that you may leap for joy, and be satiated with comfort from her breasts. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: we shall go into the house of the Lord. - Introit from Laetare Sunday
Strengthen in our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the mysteries of the true faith; that we who confess Him who was conceived of a Virgin to be true God and man, may deserve by the power of His saving resurrection to attain to eternal happiness.
Saturday, traditionally dedicated specially to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Marian day in the convent as well. Together we renew our total consecration to Jesus through Mary and honor her by our devotional practices. In imitation of her hidden life, we thoroughly clean the convent each Saturday, but the day is also marked by a wide variety of apostolic activities.
A MEMBER of the "24 Club", St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows is a special inspiration to the young, students, clerics, and novices whose patron he is. In his short life, he rose heroically from an average, even worldly, life to one of great perfection, as is exhibited by the resolutions which guided his brief religious life.
"The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning has come, the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come: my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall." (Gradual).
"...We humbly entreat Thee, that ... Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless † and sanctify † these candles for the service of men and for the health of their bodies and souls..."
Hail Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Mother, Morning Star, Vessel of Honor.
This Advent has been a busy and fruitful season for Our Lady of Grace Sodality, an apostolate of the Community for young ladies who desire to deepen their spiritual lives through Marian consecration and service of the Church.