Friday, March 23, 2018
The Friday of Sorrows
is a solemn pious remembrance of the sorrowful Blessed Virgin Mary on the
Friday before Palm Sunday held in the fifth week of Lent (formerly called
"Passion Week"). In Divine Worship: The Missal it is called Saint
Mary in Passiontide and sometimes it is traditionally known as Our Lady
Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In certain Catholic countries, especially in Mexico, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Malta, Nicaragua and the Philippines, it is seen as the beginning of the Holy Week celebrations and termed as Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows). It takes place exactly one week before Good Friday, and concentrates on the emotional pain that the Passion of Jesus Christ caused to his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is venerated under the title Our Lady of Sorrows. In certain Spanish-speaking countries, the day is also referred to as Council Friday, because of the choice of John 11:47-54 as the Gospel passage read in the Tridentine Mass on that day (which is now read in slightly expanded form on Saturday of the fifth week of Lent), which recounts the concilliar meeting of the Sanhedrin priests to discuss what to do with Jesus. Like all Fridays in Lent, this Friday is a day of abstinence from meat, unless the national episcopal conference has indicated alternative forms of penance. A similar commemoration in sympathy with the Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Solitude is held on Black Saturday.
The Enemy is crafty and powerful. Heed these warnings to avoid his ambush.