Follow link below labelled "Read More>>" to find the excerpt from the book The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary From the Visions of Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (pg 351-352) that so deeply touched the soul of Sr. Marie.
Behind the house, at a little distance up the hill, the Blessed Virgin had made a kind of Way of the Cross. When she was living in Jerusalem, she had never failed, ever since Our Lord’s death, to follow His path to Calvary with tears of compassion. She had paced out and measured all the distances between the Stations of that Via Crucis, and her love for her Son made her unable to live without this constant contemplation of His sufferings. Soon after her arrival at her new home [in Ephesus] I saw her every day climbing part of the way up the hill behind her house to carry out this devotion. At first she went by herself, measuring the number of steps, so often counted by her, which separated the places of Our Lord’s different sufferings. At each of these places she put up a stone, or, if there was already a tree there, she made a mark upon it. The way led into the wood, and upon a hill in this would she parked the place of Calvary, and the grave of Christ in a little cave in another hill. After she marked this Way of the Cross with twelve Stations, she went there with her maidservant in quiet meditation: at each Station they sat down and renewed the mystery of its significance in their hearts, praising the Lord for His love with tears of compassion. Afterwards she arranged the Stations better, and I saw her inscribing on the stones the meaning of each Station, the number of paces and so forth. I saw, too, that she cleaned out the cave of the Holy Sepulchre and made it a place for prayer. At that time I saw no picture and no fixed cross to designate the Stations, nothing but plains memorial stones with inscriptions, but afterwards, as the result of constant visits and attention, I saw the place becoming increasingly beautiful and easy of approach. After the Blessed Virgin’s death I saw this Way of the Cross being visited by Christians, who threw themselves down and kissed the ground.
To this day in a small niche in Mary's House in Ephesus there is an image of Our Lady of Tears (below). Please join us at the Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation as we pray with Sr. Marie, Foundress of Mary's House, with the Via Crucis made by the Blessed Virgin herself, this prayer to Our Lady of Tears.
Prayer to Our Lady of Tears
Oh, our dear Lady of Tears,
Look with maternal goodness
At the sorrows of the world!
Dry the tears of those who suffer:
The sick, the poor,
The hopeless, in despair,
The abandoned, the confused,
The lonely forgotten,
All victims of violence.
Obtain for all of us
Tears of repentence,
That we may open our hearts to receive
The life-giving grace of God' love,
And with tears of joy,
Receive new life.
Thank you for this precious gift, Sr. Marie.
May the Blessed Virgin's tears always remind us of the price paid for our Redemption!
Below are two previous posts on Our Lady's Tears, the second of which includes the Chaplet of Our Lady's Tears.