Today, September 15th of ordinary time, we are celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Sorrow.
According to the Catholic Education Research Center, the grief and suffering experienced by the Blessed Mother are comprised of the seven dolors or seven sorrows of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed to Mary, This child [Jesus] 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 so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare (Luke 2:34-35).
The CREC also stated that these seven sorrows of our Blessed Mother included the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt; the loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple; Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary; Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified; her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and then our Lord’s burial. In all, the prophesy of Simeon that a sword would pierce our Blessed Mother’s heart was fulfilled in these events.
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (UST), being the oldest Catholic University in Asia, is leading the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrow. In fact, on its Twitter account, UST posted a poster for the feast that elicits quite a rave from party-deprived netizens.
Here is the poster:
As soon as the poster was tweeted, Twitter peeps are quick to notice that it does not look like your usual poster for a solemn religious celebration.
Here are some of the reactions of netizens:
Who says the Blessed Mother cannot be vibin’ while she is intereceding for us?
What are your thoughts on the poster? Is it already bordering to being sacrilegious or it’s just clean and innocent fun?