Teaching Kids About Our Lady Of Sorrows (September Dedication)

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady Of Sorrows, so this is the perfect month to teach kids all about this special Catholic devotion. I am going to run you through everything you need to know to teach kids, and also observe the feast of Our Lady Of Sorrows on September 15. I also have links I’m going to share to coloring pages, crafts, recipes, and more! So let’s take a look at teaching kids about Our Lady Of Sorrows. 

7 Sorrows Of Mary Cheat Sheet

These are 7 sorrows that Mary endured during her life on earth. Here’s the complete list.

  1. Prophecy of Simeon
  2. The Flight to Egypt
  3. Loss of Jesus in the Temple
  4. Mary meets Jesus on Road to Calvary
  5. Jesus dies on the cross
  6. Mary receives the Body of Jesus
  7. Jesus is placed in the Tomb
Mary told St. Bridget that 7 graces would be granted to those who say 7 Hail Mary’s each day reflecting on her 7 sorrows. You can read about these 7 graces over on Lord, Make Me a Saint. They are wonderful graces, and very comforting to read.  

Do These Match The Sorrowful Mysteries Of The Rosary?

No, they’re s different set of lists, however there is some overlap. Jesus carrying the cross and the crucifixion of Jesus are both sorrowful mysteries of the rosary AND 2 of the Sorrows of Mary. 

Praying the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary would be a great way to observe the dedication of Our Lady Of Sorrows! 

Symbol Of Mary’s Sorrowful Heart

I studied Art for years in college and I love the symbolism behind religious art! Sometimes Mary’s sorrowful heart is confused with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and while they are similar, they aren’t the same.

Both the Immaculate Heart and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary are symbolized with swords because of Simeon’s prophecy in Luke 2: 34-35.

“Simeon blessed themand said to Mary, his mother, ‘This child is chosen by God for the destruction and salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.'”

The main difference between the 2 is that the Immaculate Heart of Mary is depicted with 1 sword, and the Sorrowful Heart Of Mary is depicted with 7 swords piercing Mary’s heart. 

When To Celebrate The Sorrowful Heart Devotion

The entire month of September is dedicated to Our Lady Of Sorrows for Catholics, so this is a great month to focus on that devotion. The specific feast day is September 15, so if you’re going to choose one day to go all out, I would say that’s it. 

Sorrowful Heart Of Mary Crafts

I love to celebrate here with a craft because it gets children engaged and includes them at their own level. I have a round up here of Sorrowful Heart Of Mary crafts for kids that you don’t want to miss! It includes my free printable 7 Sorrows mobile craft for kids that is super easy to put together.

You may also want to check out my Immaculate Heart Of Mary crafts as they would be very easily adapted to fit for Our Lady Of Sorrows.

Our Lady Of Sorrows Activity For Kids

Over at Lord Make Me A Saint, Jamie Jo shares their Our Lady Of Sorrows celebration which included a simple cake idea and also an activity where you use almods to represent the tears of Mary. So simple and perfect! You can find the Our Lady Of Sorrows coloring page she used here. It’s free to print! 

Our Lady Of Sorrows Coloring Pages

I also have a round up of coloring pages for all 7 Sorrows of Mary! Your kids could color these over 1 week, or you could stretch them out over the month of September. 

I also have a free printable coloring page of the Sorrowful Heart of Mary for kids here

Immaculate Heart coloring pages has this super cute Our Lady Of Sorrows coloring page that you can print for free!

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Look To Him And Be Radiant has a coloring page of the 7 Sorrows of Mary that’s free to print.

How To Draw Video

Don’t miss my free video for kids on how to draw the sorrowful heart of Mary!

7 Sorrows Of Mary Printable Cards

This set of the Sorrows Of Mary Art cards is totally free to print from Training Happy Hearts! Isn’t is adorable? There would be so many uses for these.

Our Lady Of Sorrows Recipes

Celebrating a feast day with food is always fun and memorable! Any of your favorite recipes that are in the shapes of hearts, especially if you can include plastic cocktail swords, would be perfect! If you don’t have plastic cocktail swords, go raid your kid’s toy bucket and grab his action figure swords. Just wash them off before sticking them in your food haha. 

Try making my Immaculate Heart shortcakes, but adding 7 swords rather than just 1.

These symbolic blue Mary cookies are great for any Marian feast day, and they are our family’s absolute favorite cookie recipe ever!

The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross is on September 14, so don’t forget to check out those resources as well so long as you’re planning!

You can find even more fun feast days to celebrate with Catholic kids in September here.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my other resources on how to honor Mary with kids.