Stabat Mater Dolorosa, a Gregorian chant notation of the famous hymn about Mary’s sorrows sung by the Benedictine monks of Saint Maurice and Saint Maur of Clervaux.
The wounds which were scattered over the Body of the Lord were all united in the single heart of Mary.
- St Bonaventure
Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also
Statues of the Mater Dolorosa and Ecce Homo in Naples, Italy.
Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of Atienza, Spain.
A photo by fashion photographer Mario Testino of a Spanish statue of Our Lady of Sorrows (Vogue Paris, November 1995).
Virgen de los Siete Dolores
The statue of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows venerated by the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows, which was established in Madrid in the late 15th century by King Philip I of Spain.
María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena
A vintage postcard of the float of the Virgin of Hope of Macarena, the most popular Holy Week procession of Seville. The procession starts in the early hours of Good Friday and lasts about twelve hours.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.
- Stabat Mater
A statue of Our Lady of Sorrows venerated in the cathedral of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
A woodcut of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows from the book ‘Quodlibetica decisio perpulchra et devota de septem doloribus Christi ferae virginis Mariae’, published in Lower Austria in 1501.
From the collection of the Bavarian State Library.
While Immaculate Heart is most common, Sacred Heart of Mary is also correct. In fact, there are several names for the devotion.
In most theological books written in Latin the devotion used to be referred to as “Sanctissimum Cor Mariae” (Most Holy Heart of Mary), while the Sacred Heart of Jesus was and still is referred to as “Cor Jesu Sacratissimum” (Most Sacred Heart of Jesus).
Later it also became common to say “Purissimum Cor Mariae” (Most Pure Heart of Mary), probably to emphasise Mary’s state of purity as the Immaculate Conception. After the Fatima apparitions it seems that the adjective “Immaculate” (“Cor Immaculatum Mariae” in Latin) became more popular than “Sacred” or “Pure”.
A colonial painting from Chile of Our Lady of Solitude.