Holy Week and Easter Through the Blessed Mother

Surely, the Blessed Mother would have taken on the suffering of her Son, Jesus Christ if it were possible. That is what loving mothers always wish they could do.  Instead, Mary suffered alongside her Son, because that too is what mothers do.

We go to Mary to get closer to Jesus for that very reason. Jesus loved his mother supernaturally, more than we can imagine, and she, likewise, loved Jesus more than we ever could. It is a blessing to know that the Blessed Mother also loves and cares for us. Running out of wine at the Wedding at Cana was not her problem, but she made it her concern. I want to be one of Mary’s concerns.

During Holy Week, as we travel from the Last Supper and the Agony in the Garden, the arrest, trial, scourging, carrying of the cross, and crucifixion; imagine it all through the eyes of the Blessed Mother.   Imagine how it felt when Jesus and Mary’s eyes met on the way of the cross. And imagine the unimaginable of her watching her beloved Son hang from the cross for 3 hours.

We should always apologize to Jesus for all of our sins but consider that we also owe an apology to Our Blessed Mother for the pain we inflicted upon on her Son. Consider ways we can join with her during Holy Week.

Marian Devotions During Holy Week

  • Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. The 15 promises of the rosarythat the Blessed Mother gave to St. Dominic, walks us through the Gospels and according to St. Padre Pio, is “the weapon.”
  • The Seven Sorrows Devotion that was passed on by St. Bridget, grants seven graces to those who meditating on the tears and sorrows of the Blessed Mother .  Say a Hail Mary as you contemplate each sorrow.
    • The prophecy of Simeon
    • The flight into Egypt
    • The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple
    • The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross
    • The Crucifixion
    • The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross
    • The burial of Jesus
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross, contemplating it through the eyes of the Blessed Mother and asking her to be with you as you pray at each station.

Easter Through Mary

And then, thankfully, there is Easter. Our rejoicing at the resurrection of Jesus is not even a shadow of what Mary must have experienced.  Scripture does not speak of the moment when Jesus appeared to his mother after the resurrection.  It must have been beyond telling.

Just as we can have Mary accompany us through Jesus’ passion and death, we can ask her to celebrate the resurrection with us.  Consider her own joy and ask her to help us to partake in it.

Imagine the encounter of Mary with her Son who was both God and man, knowing that he had resurrected, never more to die.  What must Mary have experienced when Jesus came to her in his glorified body having just opened up the gates of heaven?

As we exult in the resurrection, let us also get swept up into the Blessed Mother’s rejoicing, asking her to deepen our love and joy over her Son’s triumph over sin and death.

  • It would be very fitting to pray the Glorious mysteries of the rosary on Easter Sunday. The devotion of the rosary is powerful to pray every day and the Blessed Mother has asked us to do so in many of her Church approved apparitions.  The 15 promises of the rosary that the Blessed Mother gave to St. Dominic, walks us through the Gospels and according to St. Padre Pio, is “the weapon.”
  • Put an Easter Lily next to your statue or picture of the Blessed Mother. It is the traditional flower of Easter. The snow-white lily is regarded as a joyful symbol of elegance, beauty, spirituality, hope, and life, retelling the resurrection story with its life cycle.
  • While preparing Easter baskets or gifts for children, consider Our Lady’s Wardrobe, a rhyming book full of beautiful pictures, which introduces children to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Ask the Blessed Mother to help you prepare and to be present during all your Easter celebrations. She always makes everything better.

Thank you for everything you have done for us, Blessed Mother, from bearing Jesus and accepting your suffering, to your beautiful devotions.  Please protect us under your mantle and draw us closer to Jesus, uniting our sufferings in this life to his.

Be with us, to rejoice and be thankful for the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, drawing us ever closer to him, so that we will be transformed today and always.

Patti Maguire Armstrong, is the mother of 10, and has a B.A. in social work and M.A. in public administration. Her newest book is Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith & Get to Heaven. Others include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and the Amazing Grace Series. Follow her at @PattiArmstrong and read her blog at PattiMaguireArmstrong.com.