After the successful Santo Niño exhibit early this year (Check: Santo Niño Exhibits in Cavite) , the Centro Agustino de Tanza reopens its doors for yet another remarkable exhibition.The Diocesan Shrine of San Agustin and Parish of Sta. Cruz is now inviting everyone to witness a Lenten exhibit entitled “La Dolorosisima: En Su Corazon”. It’s an exhibition that will showcase Mary’s inexpressible sorrows during the Passion and Death of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The exhibit will be held in Centro Agustino De Tanza building (located just beside the church) and will run from February 17 to March 3, 2021 (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM). The exhibit will showcase a great number of Marian images depicting her pain and sorrow during the passion and death of Jesus. In common religious Catholic imagery, the Virgin Mary is portrayed, sorrowful and in tears, with one or seven long knives or daggers piercing her heart, often bleeding.
The seven long knives or daggers piercing her heart indicates the Seven Sorrows (or Dolors). These are the events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary that are a popular devotion and are frequently depicted in art (from the prophecy of Simeon to the Burial of Jesus). These beautiful Marian images are under the care of different camareros who exert all their time, effort, and devotion to keep these images in great condition. Here are the images presented in La Dolorosisima: En Su Corazon exhibit in Tanza.
Most of the images in the exhibit shares the same Marian title as Our Lady of Sorrows or Mater Dolorosa but comes in different interpretations
The most common attribute, however, is the bleeding heart that is pierced by seven daggers
The sorrowful Mary is also depicted in her mournful state and most of the time, in tears.
Instead of the traditional blue and white scheme, Mary can be seen wearing black or purple that signify mourning, sorrow, and sadness
La Virgen Dolorosa
The seven daggers indicate the seven sorrows of Mary. The Seven Sorrows include ; The Prophecy of Simeon, The Flight into Egypt, The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross, and The burial of Jesus.
Nuestra Señora de Gran Mayor Dolor
Our Lady of Sorrows can also be seen holding a white handkerchief. She can also be seen wearing gold crown and jewelry, richly embroidered mantle
Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga
Our Lady of Solitude is another title for the Blessed Virgin Mary that depicts her in the act of contemplating the death of her son, Jesus. It is both a physical and psychological solitude for only a mother can know the pain of the death of her child.
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba (Check: Soledad De Manila Parish)
Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Nueva Ecija
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Buhi
The Santo Entierro
A bust image of La Virgen Dolorosa de Murcia
Maria Santissima de las Penas
Nuestra Señora de la Amargura
Nuestra Señora de la Angustia
The Risen Christ
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Paloma
Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Macarena
Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga
Things To know about the La Dolorosisima: En Su Corazon Exhibit
►The exhibit will run til March 3, 2021
►There is NO entrance fee
►Health protocols are implemented: Visitors must log in before entering the premises
►Visitors are required to wear face mask/ face shield
►Strictly no touching of images
►Photography is allowed
►There is a donation box near the entrance
Feel free to watch the video below for the La Dolorosisima: En Su Corazon exhibit