The Seventh Dolor of Mary
The Burial of Jesus


Lamentation of the Marys, in the Tomb - by RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel - from Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The Cumulative, Adverse, Synergistic Impact-of the extensive Sufferings and Griefs of Our Lord's Passion and Death, demands expression-of 'Powerful' Emotions. RUBENS depicts above, the extensive Emotional Outpouring-of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Mary Magdalene, while Lamenting-over the Lifeless, Sacred Body of Jesus Christ; Who is laying-on the Anointment Stone, in the New (Virgin) Tomb, donated-by Joseph-of-Arimathia. Jesus has completed His Earthly-Voyage, from 'Virgin' Womb, to 'Virgin' Tomb. The Shroud on which Jesus' Body now-Rests, will be God's Gift to-Humanity; a Perpetual, Visual Reminder, of the Infinite Love of God, for Mankind. "Greater Love than this no-Man hath, that a Man lay-down his Life, for his Friends" - John 15:13 - Douay Rheims Bible. Today's Weak and Indifferent Man, needs more-than-ever, to be Visually Reminded-of his Infinite (∞) Inheritance, which can be so easily-Lost, via Indifference.
Catholic Dogma regarding Christ's Death


The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel -
by CANO, Alonso -
from Museo del Prado, Madrid
 

After the Stone sealed the Entrance-to the Tomb, Angels came to Adore, Guard and Preserve the Lifeless, but still Sacred and Uncorrupted, Natural Body-of-Christ; for Three (3) Days, until His Easter Resurrection.

Jesus Christ consisted of Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. At Death, His Body and Soul were Separated, each individually remaining United-with His Divinity.

In the Tomb were Jesus' Body and His Divinity. The Body and Divinity of Christ remained in the Tomb for Three (3) Days. The Body in the Tomb was His Natural Body, which He Received from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Jesus' Descent-to-Hell, per the 'Apostles Creed', included His United Soul and Divinity.

At His Easter Resurrection, Jesus' Glorified Body was United-with His Soul and Divinity, for Eternity (∞) .

At this Point-in-Time, there are Two (2) Bodies in Heaven; belonging to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary (via her Assumption). The Saints in Heaven will receive their Bodies at the End-of-Time, during the Final Judgment. Angels have no Bodies.

The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which we receive in Holy Communion, is the Glorified Body of Christ.

 

 

The Burial of Jesus

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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pieta.jpg (34806 bytes) When a Mother is by the side-of her Suffering and Dying Child, she undoubtedly Feels and Suffers all his Pains, but after he is actually-Dead, when, before the Body is carried-to the Grave, the Afflicted Mother must bid her Child a Last Farewell; then, indeed, the Thought that she is to see him no-more, is a Grief which Exceeds all other Griefs. Behold the Last Sword-of Mary's Sorrow, which we have now to-consider; for after Witnessing the Death-of her Son on the Cross, and Embracing for a Last Time, His Lifeless Body, this Blessed Mother had to leave Him in the Sepulcher, never-more to enjoy His Beloved Presence, on-Earth.

That we may better Understand this Last Dolor, we will Return-to Calvary and consider the Afflicted Mother, who still holds the Lifeless Body of her Son, Clasped-in her arms. O my Son, she seemed to-Say in the Words-of Job, "my Son, Thou art Changed, to be Cruel towards me". Yes, for all Thy Noble Qualities, Thy Beauty, Grace, and Virtues, Thy Engaging Manners, all the Marks-of Special Love which Thou hast Bestowed-upon me, the Peculiar Favors Thou hast Granted me, -- all are now Changed-into Grief, and as so-many Arrows, Pierce my Heart, and the more they have Excited me to Love Thee, so much the more Cruelly, do they now make me feel Thy Loss. Ah, my own Beloved Son, in Losing Thee, I have Lost all. Thus does Saint Bernard speak in her name: "O Truly-Begotten of God, Thou wast to me a Father, a Son, a Spouse: Thou wast my very Soul! Now I am Deprived of my Father, Widowed of my Spouse, a Desolate, Childless Mother; having Lost my only Son, I have Lost all".

 

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Lamentation at the Tomb, over the Dead Body of Christ - by BOTTICELLI, Sandro - from Alte Pinakothek, Munich

 

Thus was Mary, with her Son Locked-in her arms, Absorbed-in Grief. The Holy Disciples, Fearful that the Poor Mother might Die-of Grief, 'Approached' her, to-take the Body-of her Son, from her arms, to Bear-it-Away for-Burial. This they did with Gentle and Respectful Violence; and having 'Embalmed' it, they 'Wrapped' it in a Linen Cloth, which was already 'Prepared'. shroud.jpg (20409 bytes) [On this Cloth, which is still Preserved-at Turin, Our Lord was Pleased to Leave-to the World, an Impression-of His Sacred Body.] The Disciples then 'Bore' Him to the Tomb. To do this, they First-of-all 'Raised' the Sacred Body on their Shoulders, and then the Mournful Train set-forth; Choirs-of-Angels from Heaven, accompanied it; the Holy Women followed, and with-them, the Afflicted Mother also followed her Son to the Place-of Burial. When they had reached the Appointed Place, "O, how Willingly would Mary have there Buried herself Alive, with her Son, had such been His Will"; for this she herself Revealed-to Saint Bridget. But such, not being the Divine Will, there are many Authors who say that she Accompanied the Sacred Body of Jesus into the Sepulcher, where, according to Baronius, the Disciples also Deposited the Nails and the Crown-of-Thorns. In 'Raising' the Stone to Close-up the Entrance, the Holy Disciples of the Savior had to Approach our Blessed Lady, and say: "Now, O Lady, we must Close the Sepulcher: Forgive us, look once more at thy Son, and bid Him a Last Farewell". Then my Beloved Son (for thus must the Afflicted Mother have spoken); then I shall see Thee no more? Receive, therefore, on this Last Occasion that I Behold Thee, Receive my Last Farewell, the Farewell-of Thy Dear two_small_hearts.gif (9223 bytes) Mother, and Receive also my Heart, which I leave Buried-with Thee. "The Blessed Virgin", writes Saint Fulgentius, "would Ardently have Desired to have Buried her Soul with the Body of Christ". And this Mary herself Revealed-to Saint Bridget, saying: "I can Truly say, that at the Burial of my Son, One (1) Tomb contained as-it-were, Two (2) Hearts".

eucharist_sm.gif (9112 bytes) Finally, the Disciples 'Raised' the Stone, and 'Closed-up' the Holy Sepulcher, and in it the Body-of Jesus, that Great Treasure - a Treasure so-Great that neither Earth nor Heaven had a Greater.

Here I may be permitted-to make a short-Digression, and remark that Mary's Heart was Buried-with Jesus, because Jesus was all her Treasure: "Where your Treasure is, there will your Heart be also". And where, may we ask, are our Hearts Buried? In 'Creatures' - perchance in 'Mire'. And why not in Jesus, Who, although He has Ascended-to Heaven, is still pleased to Remain-on Earth, not Dead indeed, but Living-in the Most Holy-Sacrament-of-the-Altar, precisely-that our Hearts may be with-Him, and that He may Possess-them?

But let us Return-to Mary. Before leaving the Sepulcher, according to Saint Bonaventure, she Blessed the Sacred Stone which closed it, saying, "O Happy Stone, that doth now Enclose that Sacred Body, which for Nine Months was contained-in my Womb; I Bless thee and Envy thee; I Leave thee the Guardian-of my Son, of that Son Who is all my Treasure and all my Love". Then, 'Raising' her Heart to the Eternal Father, she said, "O Father, to Thee do I Recommend Him - Him Who is Thy Son at the same Time that He is mine". Thus, bidding her Last Farewell to her Beloved Jesus and to the Sepulcher, she left it and returned-to her own House. "This Mother", says Saint Bernard, "went away so Afflicted and Sad, that she moved many to-Tears, in-spite-of themselves; and wherever she Passed, all who met her Wept, and could not Restrain their Tears". And he adds that the Holy Disciples and Women, who accompanied her "Mourned even more for her, than for their Lord".

Saint Bonaventure says, that her Sisters covered her with a Mourning Cloak: "The Sisters of Our Lady, Veiled her as a Widow, almost covering her Whole Face". He also says that, passing, on her return, before the Cross, still Wet-with the Blood-of her Jesus, she was the First to 'Adore' it. "O Holy Cross", she then said, "I Kiss thee, I Adore thee; for thou art no-longer an Infamous Gibbet, but a Throne-of-Love and an Altar-of-Mercy, Consecrated-by the Blood-of the Divine Lamb, which on thee has been Sacrificed-for the Salvation-of the World". She then left the Cross, and returned Home. When there, the Afflicted Mother cast her Eyes around, and no-longer saw her Jesus; but, instead-of the Sweet Presence-of her Dear Son, the Remembrance-of His Beautiful Life and Cruel Death, Presented itself before her Eyes. She remembered how she had Pressed that Son to her Bosom, in the Crib-of-Bethlehem; the Conversations she had held with Him during the many Years they had dwelt-in the House-of-Nazareth; she remembered their Mutual Affection, their Loving looks, the Words-of Eternal Life, which fell-from those Divine Lips; and then the Sad Scene which she had that Day Witnessed, again 'Presented' itself before her.

 

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The Crucifixion - by GRÜNEWALD, Matthias - from Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar

 

The Nails, the Thorns, the Lacerated Flesh of her Son, those Deep Wounds, those Uncovered Bones, that Open Mouth, those Dimmed Eyes, all Presented themselves before her. Ah, what a Night-of Sorrow was that Night for Mary! The Afflicted Mother, turning-to Saint John, Mournfully said: "Ah, John, tell me, where is thy Master?" She then asked the Magdalene: "Daughter, tell me, where is thy Beloved? O God, who has taken Him from us?" Mary Wept, and all who were Present, Wept with her. And thou, my Soul, Weepest not! Ah, turn-to Mary, and Address her with Saint Bonaventure, saying: "O my own Sweet Lady, let me Weep; thou art Innocent, I am Guilty". Entreat her at-last, to let thee Weep with her: "Grant that with thee, I may Weep". She Weeps-for Love; do thou Weep through Sorrow-for thy Sins. Thus Weeping, thou mayest have the Happy Lot of him, of whom we Read-in the following Example.

 

- End of Liguori Sermon -

 

Example

Father Engelgrave relates that a certain Religious, was so Tormented-with Scruples, that he was sometimes almost driven-to Despair; but as he had the Greatest Devotion-to Mary-in- Sorrow, he always had Recourse-to her, in his Interior Agonies, and felt himself Consoled, whilst Meditating-on her Dolors. Death came, and the Devil then Tormented him more-than-ever, with-Scruples, and Tempted him to-Despair. When, behold, the Compassionate Mother, seeing her Poor 'Son' in such Anguish, appeared to him, saying: "And thou, my Son, why art thou so Overcome with Sorrow? Why Fearest thou so much? Thou who hast so-often Consoled me, by Pitying me in my Sorrows. But now", she added, "Jesus sends me to Console thee; be Comforted, then; Rejoice, and come with me to Heaven". On hearing these Consoling Words, the Devout Religious, filled-with Joy and Confidence, Tranquilly Expired.

 

Prayer

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My Afflicted Mother, I will not leave thee alone to Weep; no, I will Accompany thee with my Tears. This Grace, I now ask of thee: obtain that I may always Bear-in Mind, and always have a Tender Devotion towards the Passion of Jesus and thy Sorrows, that the Remainder-of my Days, may thus be spent in Weeping-over thy Sufferings, my own Sweet Mother, and those of my Redeemer.

These Sorrows, I Trust, will give me the Confidence and Strength, which I shall Require-at the Hour of Death, that I may not Despair-at the Sight-of the many Sins, by which I have Offended my Lord. They must Obtain me Pardon, Perseverance, and Heaven, where I Hope to Rejoice with thee, and to Sing the Infinite Mercies of my God, for all Eternity. Thus do I Hope; thus may it be.

Amen

 


Prayer of Saint Bonaventure

Lady, who by thy Sweetness, dost Ravish the Hearts-of Men, hast thou not Ravished mine? O Ravisher-of Hearts, when wilt thou 'Restore' me mine? Rule and Govern it, like thine own; Preserve it in the Blood-of the Lamb, and place it in thy Son's Side. Then shall I obtain what I Desire, and Possess what I Hope for; for thou art our Hope.

Amen