Sorrowful Heart of Mary, Pray for us.
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green is a symbol of hope…it’s the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of Heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. Here is a prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows by St. Bonaventure.
O most holy virgin, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affections for the passing joys of this earth, I may long for the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforth all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed toward this one most desirable object.
Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate mother of God. Amen.
During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as the Time after Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we can concentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ’s followers.
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of September 2020 is Respect for the Planet’s Resources:
We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered but
shared in a just and respectful manner.
(See also http://www.popesprayerusa.net/)