O garment not golden but gilded,
O garden where all men may dwell,
O tower not of ivory, but builded
By hands that reach heaven from hell;
O mystical rose of the mire,
O house not of gold but of gain,
O house of unquenchable fire,
Our Lady of Pain!
- From Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs) (x)
An Italian engraving of Mary as the Mater Dolorosa, based on the famous painting by Carlo Dolci.
An old photograph of the statue of Our Lady of Anguish in Córdoba, Spain.
O my Mother, by the grief thou didst experience in seeing thy Son bow down His head and expire on the cross in the midst of so many torments, I beseech thee to obtain me a good death.
- From a prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows by St Alphonsus Liguori
The statue of Our Lady of Solitude venerated by the confraternaity of La Soledad in Monóvar, Spain.
Virgen de la Soledad
The chapel of Our Lady of Solitude in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Virgen Dolorosa de la Paloma
A painting of Our Lady of Sorrows of the Dove, venerated in the church of La Paloma, Madrid.
La Esperanza Macarena
The statue of Our Lady of Hope of Macarena in Seville, Spain.
In traditional Catholicism the Friday of Passion Week is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
In many Catholic countries the day is known as Friday of Sorrows or Friday of Passion, and processions take place to commemorate Mary’s pain and sorrow during the passion of her Son.
Penitents in black veils during the Holy Saturday procession of the Madonna della Vergine Desolata (Our Lady of Desolation) in Canosa di Puglia, Italy.