Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows

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AKA NameSviatok Panny Márie Sedembolestnej
Hashtags#SevenSorrowsOfMary
2019 Date15 September 2019
2020 Date15 September 2020
Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows

Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows History

Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Day celebrates the Virgin Mary in her incarnation as Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. In 1717, Pope Benedict XII declared Our Lady of Sorrows to be the patroness of Slovakia. In 1964, Pope Paul VI designated the Sastin Cathedral in Slovakia, a cathedral devoted to Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, as a Basilica Minor. This is the first Basilica in Slovakia.

Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Day in Slovakia is celebrated annually on 15 September. The day became an official state holiday in 1993 and was first celebrated in 1994.

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Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Facts & Quotes

  • The Sastin Basilica devoted to Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows was finished construction in 1744. Originally, the site only had a statue of the Sorrowful Mother.
  • In 1995, Pope John Paul II visited the Sastin Basilica and added a gold crown to the statue of the Sorrowful Mother.
  • The seven sorrows are:
    1) A sword of sorrow would pierce Mary's heart
    2) Fleeing to Egypt to avoid the King's murderous plot
    3) Jesus' parents look for him in Jerusalem
    4) Mary witnessing Jesus' crucifixion
    5) Mary's encounter with Jesus on route to Golgotha
    6) Jesus' body placed in his mother's arms
    7) The burial of Jesus
  • Our Mother of Sorrows, patroness of Slovakia, pray for us. - Inscription above the altar inside the Sastin Basilica
  • Father, As your Son was raised on the cross, His mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His suffering. May she, who is also our spiritual Mother and Patroness in heaven, help us to find renewed strength at the cross of Christ and so to come to share in His rising to new life, where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. - Prayer in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows

Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Top Events and Things to Do

  • Recite the prayer in honour of Our Lady of Sorrows as shown above. It is customary to recite the prayer several times on this holiday.
  • Embark on the pilgrimage to Sastin Basilica in Sastin, Slovakia. This pilgrimage to Sastin began in 1564 and is the focal point of the day.
  • Watch the event on TV. The main events are broadcast on many channels. The Slovakian President, the highest members for the parliament and top clergy are present.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media by using hashtags such as #OurLadyoftheSevenSorrows, #SorrowfulMother and #SlovakiasPatroness.
  • Read a book about Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows to further develop your understanding of the meaning of the day. Some of our favourites: The Lady of the Seven Sorrows, Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother and Seven Sorrows of Mary.

Slovakia Day of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows - References and Related Sites

Seven Sorrows
Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Sorrowful Mother

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