Mater Dolorosa

by Kiko Matsing

Naga, Philippines (2015)

The last of the carrozas in Filipino Holy Week processions, no matter how long, carries the Mater Dolorosa–the Mother of Sorrows. It depicts a tearful Mary bearing a bleeding heart stabbed with seven daggers representing the seven sorrows in her life. Besides the Crucifixion, it is one of the most powerful and beloved of Catholic iconography.