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"Stabat Mater" signifies Our Lady Standing at the Cross (literally from the Latin, "the Mother was standing"). This phrase evolved in the first centuries of the Christian Church to describe the posture of Mary, the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as she witnessed the execution of her son on the cross. She did not cower and she did not flee. She stood there and remained standing, faithful to the end.

The name Stabat Mater was chosen for our apostolate because of the example of fidelity given by Mary. Being faithful to one's calling is challenging, no matter what that calling may be. Artists particularly can experience personal hardship as a result of their vocation and therefore need our prayers.

Our goal is to attract more people around the world to the practice of praying for artists, their families, and their benefactors.

So we invite you to join us in praying for artists. Monthly Masses are being offered now for all friends of SMPA. Additionally, anyone can send prayer or special Mass requests. If you would like to be part of the prayer chain praying for artists, let us know.

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.” – John 19:25.


Dearest Lord, you have set aside a vocation for each of us. We ask you to guide those whom you have called to be artists to endeavor to participate in the renewal of beauty in our culture through the use of their vocation. We ask you for a renewal of a bond between the world of art and the world of faith.

May artists brave the culture and bring Christ to all God’s children through their gift, the gift of an artistic vocation. We thank you for the beauty of your creation and ask for your blessing upon all artists that they may awaken in all people a knowledge of your love and omnipotence. We love you God and we praise you.  Amen.

Vogeler Cross Stafford's Meadow Farm

"The Vogeler Cross" - Terry Vogeler, Sculptor, 2016

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