Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows Mosaic

Our Lady of Sorrows is a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in honor of the many sorrows and struggles that she endured as the mother of Christ. Under this title, she is the patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross. She serves as a powerful reminder that even in the most difficult of times, one can continue to trust that God is still present and at work. We celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15th. 

During this time when many are carrying sorrow and grief, we invite all members of our campus community to join us in prayer as we enter into this special feast day. There are a few different ways you can participate:

  • Submit a prayer intention for yourself or a loved one at this survey link. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to pull up a prayer card that you can send to someone you are praying for or keep for your own use.

  • Name your sorrow/intention and add it to the netting outside of the Chapel as a way of drawing together as a community (fabric slips and markers provided). Stop by the Chapel anytime to participate.

  • Pray a Novena with us! A novena is a a nine-day devotion often offered for a special intention and entrusted to the intercession of a particular saint. Using lines from the 8th Constitution of the Congregation of Holy Cross, entitled ‘The Cross, Our Hope,’ this novena to Our Lady of Sorrows invites each person who prays it to reflect more deeply on the sorrows and sufferings in our world, to acknowledge them, and to pray that Mary will carry these prayers to her Son. In order to conclude this novena on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, one would begin the nine days of prayer on September 7th.

  • Join us for Mass on Wednesday, September 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher, when we will pray for all of the sorrows and intentions that we have gathered. This Mass will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.

Please reach out to ministry@up.edu if you have any questions. Know as well that we are praying for all members of our UP community!