Pastoral Note: Whatever you do, don’t omit the sequence from today’s Mass! You can find it in the Lectionary. The Stabat Mater is universally recognized as one of the most tender and vivid pieces of poetry in the Roman Rite. The translation given in Maurice Zundel’s book, The Splendour of the Liturgy, is exquisite.
Standing beside the Cross of Jesus were his mother,
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene (Jn 19:25, 26).
V. Woman, behold thy son, said Jesus:
then to the disciple, Behold thy mother.
ACT OF PENITENCE
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be ready to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
You offered prayers and supplications
with loud cries and tears (Heb 5:7).
You were heard because of your reverence (Heb 5:7).
You became the source of salvation
to all who obey you (Heb 5:9).
May Almighty God have mercy on us,
and lead us, with our