The medal worn by the Sisters of Compassion from the day of their First Profession of Vows, was designed by Suzanne Aubert at the founding of the Congregation.
Front View of the Medal
On the front of the medal, we see Mary standing at the foot of the cross, with the inscription "He died for us". This is to remind the Sisters to offer themselves with Mary to Jesus.
Back View of the Medal
On the reverse side of the medal, we see the seven swords which represent the seven sorrows of Mary which she endured during her lifetime. The inscription is "Our Lady of Compassion, pray for us."
The seven sorrows of Mary are recorded in the Gospels, and form a chaplet of prayers which may be recited like the rosary at any time. A booklet is available on request, setting out the incidents and reflecting on them while reciting seven Hail Marys.
The feast in honour of the seven sorrows of Mary is held on the 15th September, and is observed by the Sisters as their special day.
Closely allied to the medal is the hymn the Sisters recite every day, called by the Latin title: Stabat Mater. This hymn was originally composed by Jacopone da Todi, a Franciscan poet who lived in the 13th century. Since 1727 it became part of the Eucharistic liturgy and the Divine Office for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
An English version both in its traditional form or in an alternative version from an abridged translation by Anthony G. Petti, is also available on request through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org