Tomorrow is the first day of the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. I have written before about my devotion to this particular title of Our Blessed Mother. I believe she has chosen it for me. So many people, all over the world, have found me to make them chaplets of Our Lady of Sorrows. I truly feel that this particular devotion is incredibly powerful. Mary knows the true pain a mother feels, and she is a great protector of the mother's heart.
You can start the novena tomorrow and finish on the 14th, or start on Saturday and finish on her feast day -- September 15.
Please also pop over the Kimberlee's blog, Pondered in my Heart -- she has a beautiful litany posted which would be perfect for praying on the feast day.
The novena prayer is prayed every day for nine days (symbolic of the nine days the apostles and the Blessed Mother prayed after Our Lord ascended into heaven until Pentecost)
Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son. Look with a mother's tenderness and pity on men, who kneel before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.
Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ, though the merits of his own most sacred Passion and death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition. To whom shall I have recourse if my wants and miseries if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.
Holy Mary, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me and obtain from Jesus (mention your request) if it be for his honor and glory and for my good. Amen.