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Seven Days of Service

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UPDATE: Due to poor air quality earlier this week, the food drive was postponed.

The new date is Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Grotto Parking Lot.

For more information, please click here.

Please Join the Servite Friars in a Special Week of Service

Inspired by the Mission of the Order of Servants of Mary (Servites), the community of friars who minister at The Grotto, we invite you to join us in this week-long event, celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and The Grotto’s 96th Anniversary.

Every day this week, we encourage you to follow the example of the Servites, a community committed to being of service to God and all people, by participating in one – or many – of the activities. We hope you will join us in helping our neighbors.

Many of the projects can be done from home. We will provide instructions and make sure your donations are delivered. Completed projects can be dropped off at The Grotto during the entire month of September.

We are honored to partner with local service organizations and look forward to working with the community to make a difference.

To learn more about The Seven Days of Service, please click here

Day 7: Making Our Home a Sanctuary of Peace and Prayer

September Hours

Gardens and Gift Shop: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Upper Garden admission sold 5:30 p.m.

Chapel closes at 6 p.m.

Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visiting Guidelines

Additional Masses Added

The Grotto is pleased to announce the addition of an 8 a.m. Sunday Mass beginning in September.

Additionally, Mass will be celebrated every Saturday at 12 noon.

Mass Information

Blessing with the Relic of St. Peregrine

At the conclusion of the 10 a.m. Mass, a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine will be offered each Sunday.

For more information about St. Peregrine and the blessing, please click here.

For complete Mass schedule, please click here.

Click here to learn more about our new Servite leadership.

Daily Spiritual Reflections

Sunday, Sept. 20

Our Lady of Sorrows

On the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Servite Order honors Mary as our “principal patron,” the “icon” to whom we look, as the Order singularly dedicated to her and the remembrance and celebration of her Seven Sorrows … indeed, her entire life of compassionate service.

The Solemnity, the liturgical celebration of Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, has a bit of history attached to it … its roots date to the 12th century and the Cistercian Order, but it was especially promoted by the Servites, beginning in the 13th century, so much so that by the 14th and 15th centuries it was widely celebrated throughout the entire Church.

In 1482, the feast was added to the Roman Missal under the title of “Our Lady of Compassion.” Pope Benedict XIII added it to the Roman (liturgical) Calendar in 1727 on the Friday before Palm Sunday. In 1913, Pope Pius X changed and fixed the date on September 15th. In a number of Servite shrines and churches, the Order will also celebrate this Solemnity on the Sunday following the actual date of September 15th. Here at The Grotto, that date is TODAY!

Sacred Scripture gives us this scene as Mary and Joseph presented the baby Jesus for his dedication ceremony as a first born son: “Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his Mother, “This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed; and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword.’” (Luke 2: 34-35)

Contemplating Mary the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross, suffering as she watched her divine Son be killed so cruelly and mercilessly, a saint once wrote about in these beautiful, simple words:

“She stood there in awe of the love with which God loved the world, and the Son’s obedience to his Father. She marveled at her son’s strength in combating the demons, and his patience in such great suffering. She stood there filled with wonder before the mystery of human salvation, and she was model and example for the entire Church of unwavering strength in adversity. With courage she drank of the most bitter chalice, prepared for her by God. In this way she fully participated in the passion of her son.

“If Christ suffered and left us an example to follow, so, too, did Mary in her sufferings. Together with her son she has left us an example so that we might do as she did, never taking our eyes from the divine model given us on Calvary. Let us contemplate this example so that we can deliberately imitate Christ and his most holy Mother. Let us reflect again on the contradictions she suffered because of sinners so that we might not become discouraged or lax on our journey toward sanctity and salvation. May Mary remain for us a model of constant and victorious endurance and unwavering virtue and courage, so that neither tribulation nor worldly creatures may ever separate us from the love of Christ.”

The Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition. Today we invite all of you to reflect on Mary’s deep suffering.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)

2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)

4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)

5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)

6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)

7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

Oh, Mother of Sorrows, Mother of Jesus, with strength from above you stood by the cross, sharing in the sufferings of Jesus, and with tender care you bore him in your arms, mourning and weeping.
We praise you for your faith, which accepted the life God planned for you.
We praise you for your hope, which trusted that God would do great things in you.
We praise you for your love in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of his passion.
We praise you for your compassion, which, in Jesus’ name extends to all of us, your children.
Holy Mary, may we follow your example, and stand by all your children who need comfort and love.
Oh, Most Blessed Mother of God, stand by us in our trials and care for us in our many needs.
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Amen!

Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM

For past daily reflections, please click here.