The Transfixion


I Just finished a Missa cantata for the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy Feast of Our Lady. Peace to all.

The Traditional liturgy for the Feast speaks of Our Lady’s transfixion, Her piercing. St. Bernard says she was pierced by the same lance that opened the heart of Her son. Jesus was pierced with a lance, and Mary in solidarity felt His pain. This is true compassion. Her Heart is open for us. Let us be grateful for so loving a Mother, and so august a Queen. For Her we should be willing to live, fight and die. What a blessing that would be.

2 thoughts on “The Transfixion

  1. Michael,

    If you look here, one would be inclined to surmise that the work is that of Sassoferrato (Giovanni Battista Salvi), La Vergine Addolorata, The Sorrowful Virgin. And indeed it is. (Location: Florence Uffizi Gallery – Vasari Corridor, Inventory Number 773 Italy Lat: 43.77 Long: 11.25 Title: Mater Dolorosa Date: Not known. Media: Oil on canvas.. Size: 62 X 58.) He apparently painted a number of versions.

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