As you may have read here or elsewhere before, there is a tradition in the Church of meditating on some aspect of the faith each month of the year to grow in imitation of that upon which we meditate. This month of February is the month in which Mother Church honors the Passion of Christ. Though Lent is still some weeks off, it is always fitting for us to prepare our hearts for that which the Lord seeks to work within us during that season of grace. And so we bring today two pious prayers or exclamations meditating upon Our Lord's Holy Passion: one directed toward Christ and the other toward His Mother.
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You;
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
(from the Traditional Stations of the Cross)
Holy Mother, pierce me through;
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.
(from the Stabat Mater)