September 15 marks the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, and this year Campus Ministry is using it as a time to reflect on the events of the last year and a half.
“It’s an important part of who we are as Holy Cross, and especially important in this past year in helping folks have the space to acknowledge some of the sorrows that we’ve encountered in the past year or so,” Fr. Timothy Weed said in an email.
Mass to celebrate the occasion will be held this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Campus Ministry has netting hung on the Chapel for students to write down and attach their lamentations, struggles and prayer intentions. It will be placed in front of the altar for the Mass, Weed said.
The Mass will also celebrate this year’s Spirit of Holy Cross award winner, Brenda Greiner. She was announced the recipient last year, but COVID-19 has delayed the celebration several times, according to Weed.
“Brenda plays such a large role here at the University and is such an important partner in so much of what we do,” Weed said.
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is the patronal feast for the priests and brothers of Holy Cross. Lady of Sorrows is the title given to Mary in honor of the many sorrows and struggles she endured as the mother of Christ.
“It is a way to reflect on our own struggles and losses and to seek some of the hope that she carried with her in that desperate hour,” Fr. Jim Gallagher said.
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