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.
Nossa Senhora das Dores
A statue of Our Lady of Sorrows in the parish church of Oliveira, Portugal. The statue is especially venerated during the town’s Holy Week celebrations.
Lady most pitiful, Mother most mild!
Stoop to my frailty; nourish thy child.
Mother most beautiful, Lady most wise!
Solace my heavy heart; comfort mine eyes.
Lady of verity, Mother most kind!
Breathe on my weary soul; brighten my mind.
Mother most merciful, Lady of love!
Bless my desires and draw them above.
Lady of Sorrows and Mother of Men!
Turn thou my weakness. Oh, heal me again.
- Elizabeth S. Royce
Catholic World, page 762.
Volume 123, September 1926
The statue of the Madonna Addolorata in Trapani, Siciliy.
Virgen de los Dolores
The statue of the Virgin of Sorrows in Cordoba, Spain.
At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.
- Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater Dolorosa
A German holy card from the abbey of Beuron of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Virgen de los Dolores
A Spanish print of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows.
(Source: Flickr / qviron_lethebain)
A Dutch painting of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows from circa 1520.
Maria SS. Addolorata
A vintage holy card of the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows in the church of Santa Brigida, Naples.