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Prayer to Our Lady of Solitude
Most dignified Mother of God who, being at the foot of the Cross with Jesus, your Onlybegotten Son, saw him suffer, agonize and die, remaining alone and helpless, without any other relief than sorrow, and without any other company than torments.

My soul wants to participate, O dolorous Virgin in your pains and afflictions, so that you accompany me my whole life in the just sentiment of the death of your beloved Son.

Permit me, O Solitary Turtledove, to assist you continuously in your so bitter Solitude, feeling what you feel, and crying for what you cry.

Infuse in my chest, O Mother of true love, an enflamed charity to love your Divine Son, who for love of me died crucified; and grant me the favor I ask for in this prayer, for the glory of God, your honor and the benefit of my soul. Amen
Our Lady of Solitude Prayer
O sweetest Mother of mine, Virgin of Solitude! Humbly postrated before your miraculous image, I come to strip away the sadness and burdens of my afflicted heart.

You know how to understand better than anyone my needs and afflictions. You are Mother of God and can well alleviate them.

You are Mother of men and want to remedy them. You who cried so much, wipe away my tears. You who suffer so much alleviate my dolors. You who are robed so sadly and desolate, dispel my sadness.

Look at me with your eyes full of sweetness. Listen to my supplicating pleas and grant me the special grace that I ask of you in this prayer, if it be convenient for the glory of God and the good of my soul, or that your divine will be fulfilled. Amen

Pray 3 Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias
After having buried the dead body of Jesus Christ in the tomb that Joseph of Arimathea had provided, Holy Mary is left in SOLITUDE remembering the torments suffered by her Son, and awaits His glorious Resurrection.
The devotion to Our Lady of Solitude spread throughout all of Europe during the 15th century, thanks in large part to the Order of the Servites, known for their devotion to Our Lady of Dolors. The Solitude of Mary is the last of the Seven Dolors of the Virgin Mary.
Saint Peter Weeping before the Virgin Mary by Guercino; 1647; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France; http://www.wga.hu
Descent to Limbo by Duccio di Buoninsegna; 1308-1311; Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italia; http://www.wga.hu
Christ in Limbo (Cell 31) by Fra Angelico; 1441-1442; Convento di San Marco, Florence, Italia; http://www.wga.hu
Descent into Limbo by Giotto di Bondone; 1320-1325; Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany; http://www.wga.hu
From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday
The Lord descends into hell
Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parents, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, He has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, He who is both God and the son of Eve.

The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon that had won Him the victory. At the sight of Him, Adam, the first man He had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: "My Lord be with you all." Christ answered him: "And with your spirit." He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: "Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
"I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by My own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping, to arise.

I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image."
"On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you.

I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity."
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Holy Saturday and Our Lady of Solitude - In silence waiting for the Light to open the path between the shadows of darkness
 
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