Day of Our Lady of Sorrows

Slovakia National Holiday in Slovakia

Bleiglasfenster von 1903-1912 aus der Werkstatt von W.H. Jansen (siehe LI-PEN YU: Die Glasmalerei in Trier 1860-1930. Trier 2007, S. 448), Darstellung: Mater dolorosa
Landkern St. Servatius 10402 by Reinhardhauke via Wikimedia Commons.

When is Day of Our Lady of Sorrows?

Year Day Date
2017 Friday September 15th
2016 Thursday September 15th
2015 Tuesday September 15th
2014 Monday September 15th
2013 Sunday September 15th
2012 Saturday September 15th

This holiday is always celebrated on 15 September.

The holiday is a Roman Catholic feast day that marks the seven sorrows of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ. Mary is a patron saint of Slovakia.

The holiday may also be called 'Day of Blessed Virgin Mary' or 'Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows Day'.

In Slovak, this holiday is called 'Sviatok Panny Márie Sedembolestnej, patrónky Slovenska'.

The Seven Sorrows relate to events during the life of the Virgin Mary.

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon
  2. The Flight into Egypt
  3. The loss of the child Jesus in the Temple
  4. Mary meets Jesus on the way to Calvary
  5. Jesus dies on the cross
  6. Mary receives the body of Jesus in her arms
  7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb

As a mark of devotion, Catholics may recite one Our Father and seven Hail Marys for each of the sorrows.

Devotions to mark the sorrows of the Virgin Mary can be traced back to the 13th century. The Day of Our Lady of Sorrows was added to the Roman Catholic calendar as a feast in 1814. Pope Pius X moved the feast to 15 September in 1913.

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