Saturday, December 21, 2013

Undated Photo of our Mater Dolorosa, I assume early 90's

Undated photo of our family's antique Mater Dolorosa taken in Poblacion, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. I assume this was taken in the early 90's (judging from how I look, a little boy)and on Easter Sunday, before the Salubong because the Dolorosa is still wearing her detachable mourning dress which we use to cover her salubong dress and her mantle is white. Or maybe I am mistaken, this may be taken in the church after the salubong because I remember a time when the salubong dress that was made for that year was of purple and during the salubong procession it looked dark and black. The reason I have my doubts is because the image no longer has a black lacy veil which the angel should remove. So if it is not on the image, then it must have been removed already.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

O Mother of Sorrows, thou,
who beneath the Cross of Jesus
were given to us as our Mother,
look down with pity on us,
thy children, who weep and mourn in this valley of tears.
By that sword of sorrow which pierced thy Heart
when thou looked upon the Face of thy dead Son,
obtain for us that comfort
we so sorely need in our sufferings.

Thou were given to us our Mother
in the hour of thy greatest grief
that thou might be mindful of our frailty
and the evils that press upon us.
Without thy aid, O Sorrowful Mother,
we cannot gain the victory
in this struggle against flesh and blood.
Therefore, we seek thy help,
O Queen of Sorrows,
lest we fall prey to the wiles of the enemy.
We are orphans in need of the guiding hand of our Mother
amid the dangers that threaten our destruction.
Thou whose grief was boundless as the sea,
grant us by the memory of those sorrows
the strength to be victorious.

Intercede further, O Mother of Sorrows,
for us and all who are near and dear to us,
that we may ever do the Will of thy Son,
and may direct all our actions to His honoUr,
and to the furtherance of devotion to thy sorrows.


Virgin Most Sorrowful,
pray for us.

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