“Held in the Arms of Mother Mary” has been a phrase that has been swirling around in my mind and heart.

What was it like for Jesus to be held in the arms of Mother Mary throughout His life?

What was it like for Mother Mary to hold Jesus in her arms?

From the moment Jesus was born to the moment He was taken down from the Cross, Jesus was held in the arms of His Mother. As a mother myself, I reflected on how many times I held both my sons in my arms . . . rocking them to sleep when they were babies and gazing at their little faces so peaceful and serene. What joy and peace a mother feels in her own heart as she sees her child safe and secure in her arms. I remember, too, being embraced in my own mother’s arms as a little child . . . feeling so snugly, safe and warm . . . a place of love.  A place you never want to leave!

I cannot imagine how it was for Mary to let Jesus leave her after 30 years of family life at home with she and St. Joseph. I cannot imagine how it was to be alone without St. Joseph by her side and to say good-bye to her beloved son. . . but again she gave her fiat to God setting Jesus free to go and preach, heal and minister to the throngs of people.

Jesus, too, left that place of security, that “loving embrace” to teach us about how there was a deeper embrace reaching out to us from Heaven. He left the arms of Mary to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to tell us how much we are loved by the Father. . . how we are called to live in communion and friendship with the Blessed Trinity here on earth as pilgrims always journeying towards our heavenly home of  the “eternal.”

So again, I ponder the questions that I listed above. . .

What was it like for Jesus to be held in the arms of Mother Mary throughout His life?

What was it like for Mother Mary to hold Jesus in her arms?

To help “feel and enter into” the answers to these questions, I have included below a listing of the “Seven Sorrows” Devotion to Our Blessed Mother. They are significant moments in the lives of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph where “Jesus” was certainly held in loving arms and will help us to see, feel and experience the loving embrace of both mother and foster father.

Included as well is a meditation from St. Josemaria Escriva on the Sixth Sorrow – When Jesus is Placed in Mary’s Arms from the Cross. This, too, shall bring us to a deeper understanding of being held in the arms of the mother.

And finally below a youtube of “Mary Did You Know,” with scenes from The Passion showing not only the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary to each other but also to the crowds who came to seek,  find and be healed.

Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday leading us to the Great Feast of Easter Sunday. May we all hold Jesus and Mary in a loving embrace of the heart compassionate with both of them through Holy Week but especially on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and then “Rejoice” on Easter Sunday with a universal. . .

“Alleluia – Christ has Risen.”

“He is in our Midst”

Sixth Sorrow – When Jesus is Placed in Mary’s Arms from the Cross – Mark 15:42-46 

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

Take a look now at Calvary. Jesus has died and there is as yet no sign of his glorious triumph. It is a good time to examine how much we really want to live as Christians, to be holy. Here is our chance to react against our weaknesses with an act of faith. We can trust in God and resolve to put love into the things we do each day. The experience of sin should lead us to sorrow. We should make a more mature and deeper decision to be faithful and truly identify ourselves with Christ, persevering, no matter what it costs, in the priestly mission that he has given every single one of his disciples. That mission should spur us on to be the salt and light of the world.

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It is the moment to turn to your Blessed Mother in Heaven, so that she may take you into her arms and win for you a glance of mercy from her Son. And try at once to make some practical resolutions: put a stop once and for all, even though it hurts, to that little defect that holds you back, as God and you yourself know so well. Pride, sensuality and a lack of supernatural spirit will combine forces to suggest to you: “That? But what a small and insignificant little thing it is!” Don’t play with the temptation. Instead, answer: “Yes, in this too I will surrender myself to the divine call.” And you will be right, for love is shown especially in little things. Normally the sacrifices that Our Lord asks of us, even the most difficult ones, refer to tiny details, but they are as continuous and invaluable as the beating of our heart.

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The First Sorrow

The Prophecy of Simeon – Reading: Luke 2:25-35.

When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a “sword” (of sorrow) will pierce Mary’s soul.

The Second Sorrow

The Flight into Egypt – Reading: Matthew 2:13-15.

When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.

The Third Sorrow

The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple – Reading: Luke 2: 41-50.

Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding Him at last — after agonizing sorrow — in the temple.

The Fourth Sorrow

Mary Meets Jesus Carrying the Cross – Reading: Luke 23: 27-29.

As Jesus makes His way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised, derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.

The Fifth Sorrow

Mary at the Foot of the Cross  – Reading: John 19: 25-30.

Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as He cries “I thirst.” She hears Him promise heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words, “Behold your mother,” charge us to look on Mary as our mother.

The Sixth Sorrow

Mary Receives the Body of Jesus – Reading: Psalm 130.

Jesus is taken down from the cross and His body is placed in Mary’s arms. The passion and death are over, but for His mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.

The Seventh Sorrow

Mary Witnesses the Burial of Jesus  – Reading: Luke 23: 50-56.

The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. The most tragic day in history ends, Mary alone in sorrow, awaiting the Resurrection.


Meditation on Sixth Sorrow taken from josemariaescriva.info

Seven Sorrows – marian.org

©2018 Anita Guariglia

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