The Seven Sorrows of Mary

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Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

FEAST DAY: 15 SEPTEMBER

HAIL MARY, full of sorrows,
the Crucified is with thee:
tearful art thou amongst women,
and tearful is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified,
grant tears to us crucifiers of thy Son,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 100 days; PIUS IX, 1847 Raccolta)

Latin:
AVE MARIA doloribus plena,
Crucifixus tecum:
lacrymabilis te in mulieribus,
et lacrymabilis fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Crucifixi:
lacrymas impertire nobis crucifixoribus Filii tui,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.

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BID ME bear, O Mother blesséd!
On my heart the wounds impressed,
Suffered by the Crucified.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 500 days)

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O MARY, sorrowful Virgin and Mother of all Christians, pray for us.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 300 days)

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MOTHER of love, Mother of sorrows and of mercy, pray for us.
(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 300 days)

Console Our Lady of Sorrows, Daily

“Jesus Christ Himself revealed to Blessed Veronica of Binasco, that, He is more pleased in seeing His Mother compassionated than Himself.” He said to her: ‘My daughter, tears shed for My Passion are dear to Me; but as I loved My Mother Mary with an immense love, the meditation on the torments which She endured at My death is even more agreeable to Me.’”

(St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The Glories of Mary, Discourse IX. On the Dolors of Mary)

The Seven Sorrows or Dolors of Mary are listed below and a key to understanding them, and thus consoling her, is to recognise that the more she loved Jesus (and she loved Him perfectly) the more intensely sorrow filled her Immaculate Heart. Her martyrdom lasted 33 years, for St. Simeon revealed to her in excruciating detail what lay ahead for her dearest son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As such, all her joys became inexorably coloured with sorrow. And she endured these pains perfectly, with patience, humility and obedience, offering them to Almighty God for the salvation of poor sinners.

1) The Prophecy of Simeon
2) The Flight Into Egypt
3) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
4) Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary
5) Jesus Dies on the Cross
6) Mary Receives Jesus
7) Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Mary never sinned; never threw up her hands complaining ‘O when will this end?!’ such as Yours truly does when faced with even the most trifling annoyance. Putting Jesus aside, Who was not mere man alone, our Blessed Mother is the victim soul of victim souls, the Queen of Martyrs, and the graces merited by her sufferings raised her high above all the angels and saints in heaven. The Most Blessed Virgin Mary is indeed Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of God’s graces.

This can be difficult to grasp, let alone accept, especially if one is coming from a heretical background, such as Yours truly who was a member of the Church of King Henry before being guided into the Church, the harbour of truth and unity of faith.

 

 

 

 

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Graces & Promises of the Seven Sorrows of Mary Devotion

From Fatima.org:

Graces and promises attached to the practice of the devotion in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sorrowing:

According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori (The Glories of Mary) it was revealed to Saint Elizabeth that at the request of Our Lady, Our Lord promised four principal graces to those devoted to Her Sorrows:

1) That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
2) That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
3) That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
4) That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.

In addition to these four graces there are also seven promises attached to the practice of daily praying seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on Our Lady’s Tears and Sorrows. These seven promises were revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden:

1) “I will grant peace to their families.”
2) “They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries.”
3) “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
4) “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of My divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
5) “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
6) “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death — they will see the face of their Mother.”
7) “I have obtained this grace from My divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

(Prayers and Heavenly Promises by Joan Carroll Cruz; Imprimatur: Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte, 1989, pg. 34-35)

 

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Simple Seven Hail Marys Devotion

Opening Prayer

V/. O God +, come to my assistance
R/. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Goria Patri …

1) The Prophecy of Simeon

1st-Sorrow-Mary_Prophecy-of-Simeon

Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
Sorrow as sharp as a sword shall pierce Mary’s heart because of her Child. Mary is in the Temple, having come with Joseph to present the Child to God. They meet Simeon, the holy man, and Anna, the prophetess. Simeon takes the Baby in his arms, saying he will now die in peace because he has seen Christ, then he foretells the sorrow to come.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of thy tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God. Amen.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
O my blessed Mother, not one sword only, but as many swords as I have committed sins have I added to those seven in thy heart. O, my Lady, thy sorrows are not due to thee who art innocent, but to me who am guilty. But since thou hast wished to suffer so much for me, O, by thy merits obtain for me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits, for I have often merited hell. Amen.

 

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2) The Flight Into Egypt

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Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
Soon the sword of sorrow strikes. Herod the King seeks to kill the Child. Warned in sleep by an angel, Joseph takes Jesus and His Mother Mary, setting out for Egypt, where they lived in obscurity and poverty until it was safe to return to Nazareth.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of thy most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and thy sojourn there. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
Then, O Mary, even after thy Son hath died by the hands of men who persecuted Him unto death, have not these ungrateful men yet ceased from persecuting Him with their sins, and continuing to afflict thee, O Mother of Sorrows? And I also, O God, have been one of these. O, my most sweet Mother, obtain for me tears to weep for such ingratitude. And then, by the sufferings thou didst experience in the journey to Egypt, assist me in the journey that I am making to eternity, that at length I may go to unite with thee in loving my persecuted Saviour, in the country of the blessed. Amen.

 

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3) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple

3rd-Sorrow-Mary_Loss-of-Jesus-in-Temple

Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
When Jesus is twelve, He is taken to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. On the return journey Joseph and Mary find at the end of the first day that Jesus is not with them. Racked with anxiety, they search for Him. Nobody in the streets, not even the beggars, can tell them where He is. Not till the third day do they find Him, in the Temple.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried thy troubled heart at the loss of thy dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
O blessed Virgin, why art thou afflicted, seeking thy lost Son? Is it because thou dost not know where He is? But dost thou not know that He is in thy heart? Dost thou not see that He is feeding among the lilies? Thou thyself hast said it: “My beloved to me and I to Him who feedeth among the lilies.” These, thy humble, pure, and holy thoughts and affections, are all lilies, that invite the divine spouse to dwell with thee. O Mary, dost thou sigh after Jesus, thou who lovest none but Jesus? Leave sighing to me and so many other sinners who do not love Him, and who have lost Him by offending Him. My most amiable Mother, if through my fault thy Son hast not yet returned to my soul, wilt thou obtain for me that I may find Him. I know well that He allows himself to be found by all who seek Him: The Lord is good to the soul that seeketh him: ” Bonus est Dominus . . . animse quaerenti ilium.” Make me to seek Him as I ought to seek Him. Thou art the gate through which all find Jesus; through the I too hope to find Him. Amen.

 

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4) Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary

4th-Sorrow-Mary_Mary-meets-Jesus-on-the-Way-of-the-Cross

Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
Mary has known fear and sorrow, but none so great as seeing her beloved Son stumbling under the weight of the Cross. She hears the jeering shouts from the crowd and has no power to help Him. Pity and love are in her eyes as she gazes at His blood-stained face. To many around her He is no better than a criminal, and her heart is breaking as she follows Him to Calvary or Golgotha.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful in the consternation of thy heart at meeting Jesus as he carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
My sorrowful Mother, by the merit of that grief which thou didst feel at seeing thy beloved Jesus led to death, obtain for me the grace also to bear with patience those crosses which God sends me. Happy me, if I also shall know how to accompany thee with my cross until death. Thou and Jesus, both innocent, have borne a heavy cross; and shall I a sinner, who have merited hell, refuse mine? All, immaculate Virgin, I hope that thou wilt help me to bear my crosses with patience. Amen.

 

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5) Jesus Dies on the Cross

5th-Sorrow-Mary_Jesus-dies-on-the-Cross

Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
With John, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. “A sword shall pierce thy soul,” Simeon told her. Truly her heart is pierced with sorrow. Her beloved Son is dying and she shares in His suffering. She does not ask God to take away this agony. She is His Mother, so close to Him that His pain is hers, too. And now He speaks from the Cross: “Woman, behold thy son.” Jesus give His Mother to John, and to us. For all eternity she is our Mother.

I grieve for thee O Mary, most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which thy generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by thy afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
O Mother, the most afflicted of all mothers, thy Son, then, is dead; thy Son so amiable, and who loved thee so much! Weep, for thou hast reason to weep. Who can ever console thee? Nothing can console thee but the thought that Jesus, by His death, hath conquered hell, hath opened paradise which was closed to men, and hath gained so many souls. From that throne of the Cross He was to reign over so many hearts, which, conquered by His love, would serve Him with love. Do not disdain, O my Mother, to keep me near to weep with thee, for I have more reason than thou to weep for the offences that I have committed against thy Son. O, Mother of mercy, I hope for pardon and my eternal salvation, first through the death of my Redeemer, and then through the merits of thy dolors. Amen.

 

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6) Mary Receives Jesus

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Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
It is over. Dark clouds have appeared in the sky and upon the world. Jesus is dead. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the Body from the Cross. and Mary receives It in her arms. She is filled with a sadness that no human heart has known. This is her Son. Once she had cradled Him in her arms. listened to His voice, watched Him working at the carpenter’s bench. Now He is dead. She does not weep, her grief is too great for tears.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of thy compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance and His Heart was pierced before His Body was removed from the Cross. Dear Mother, by thy heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
O afflicted Virgin! O soul, great in virtues and great also in sorrows! for both arise from that great fire of love thou hast for God; thou “whose heart can love nothing but God; O Mother, have pity on me, for I have not loved God, and I have so much offended Him. Thy sorrows give me great confidence to hope for pardon. But this is not enough; I wish to love my Lord, and who can better obtain this for me than thou, thou who art the Mother of Fair Love? O Mary, thou dost console all, comfort me also. Amen.

 

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7) Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

7th-Sorrow-Mary-Burial-of-Jesus

Reflection (St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

Meditation:
Hastily the Body is wrapped in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus has brought myrrh and aloes, and the Body is bound in the Shroud with them. nearby is a new tomb, belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, and there they lay Jesus. Mary and John and the holy women follow them and watch as the great stone to the sepulchre is rolled. It is the end.

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched thy most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.

Ave Maria …

Prayer of St. Alphonsus (optional):
My afflicted Mother, I will not leave thee alone to weep; no, I wish to keep thee company with my tears. This grace I ask of thee to-day: obtain for me a continual remembrance of the passion of Jesus, and of thine also, and a tender devotion to them, that all the remaining days of my life may be spent in weeping for thy sorrows, O my Mother, and for those of my Redeemer, I hope that these dolors will give me the confidence and strength not to despair at the hour of my death, at the sight of the offences I have committed against my Lord. By these must I obtain pardon, perseverance, paradise, where I hope to rejoice with thee, and sing the infinite mercy of my God through all eternity: thus I hope, thus may it be. Amen, amen.

 

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Closing Prayers

V/. Pray for us, O Virgin most sorrowful
R/. That we may be made be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Let intercession be made for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Thy mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Thy bitter Passion. Through Thee, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

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Additional (Optional) Prayers

Prayer of St. Alphonsus de Liguori
O afflicted Virgin! O soul, great in virtues and great also in sorrows! for both arise from that great fire of love thou hast for God; thou “whose heart can love nothing but God”; O Mother, have pity on me, for I have not loved God, and I have so much offended Him. Thy sorrows give me great confidence to hope for pardon. But this is not enough; I wish to love my Lord, and who can better obtain this for me than thou, thou who art the Mother of fair love? O Mary, thou dost console all, comfort me also. Amen.

Prayer of St. Bonaventure to the other of Sorrows
O sorrowful Virgin, unite me at least to the humiliations and wounds of thy Son, so that both He and thee may find comfort in having someone sharing thy sufferings. Oh, how happy I would be if I could do this! For is there perhaps anything greater, sweeter, or more advantageous for a person? Why dost thou not grant me what I ask? If I have offended thee, be just and pierce my heart. If I have been faithful to thee, leave me not without a reward: give me thy sorrows. Amen.

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, dwelling pure and holy, cover my soul with thy maternal protection, so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus, it responds to His Love and obeys His Divine Will.

I wish, O my Mother, to keep unceasingly before me thy co-redemption in order to live intimately with thy Heart that is totally united to the Heart of thy Divine Son.

Fasten me to this Heart by thy own virtues and sorrows. Protect me always. Amen.

(Composed by 20th Century Belgian seer, Berthe Petit)

 

 

 

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Dolorosary: the Rosary of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Here is a method for praying the Rosary of the Seven Dolors: 


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Incline, unto my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

(Say an Act of Contrition)

Gloria Patri …  Alleluia.*

(* In place of Alleluia, from Ash Wednesday until Easter is said: “Praise be to thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.”)

 

1st Dolor: The Prophecy of Simeon

And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,  “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, and a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” [St. Luke 2:34–35]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart upon hearing Simeon‘s prophecy, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus, ― a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to God‘s people Israel. (cf. St. Luke 2:32)

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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2nd Dolor: The Flight into Egypt

And an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfilled what the Lord had spoken by the prophet,  Out of Egypt have I called my Son. [St. Matthew 2:13–15]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart at the flight into Egypt by night, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus, born ― to save his people from their sins. (cf. St. Matthew 1:21)

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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3rd Dolor: The Loss of Jesus for Three Days

And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them,  “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father‘s house?” [St. Luke 2:48–49)

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart when together with Saint Joseph thou searched for Jesus for three days, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus, ‘full of grace and truth’. (cf. St. John 1:14)

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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4th Dolor: Mary Meeting Jesus, Carrying His Cross

He was oppressed and was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. . . . Yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. [Isaiah 53:7, 12]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart when thou encountered thine Jesus bearing His Cross, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus, ― despised and rejected by men. (cf. Isaiah 53:3)

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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5th Dolor: Mary Standing Beneath the Cross on Calvary

But standing by the Cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother‘s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple,  “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. [St. John 19:25-27]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart when thou saw thine Child‘s hands and feet nailed to the wood of the Cross and His side pierced by the soldier‘s lance, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus Crucified, bowed in death.

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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6th Dolor: The Sacred Body of Jesus, Taken Down From the Cross

What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Sion? For vast as the sea is your ruin; who can restore you? Cry aloud to the Lord! O daughter of Sion! Let tears stream down like a torrent day and night! Give yourself no rest, your eyes no respite. [Lamentations 2:13, 18]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of your heart when you beheld the lifeless Body of Jesus taken down from the cross, and I desire to contemplate with you the Face of Jesus, beautiful above the sons of men. (cf. Psalm 44:3).

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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7th Dolor: Mary Witnesses the Burial of the Sacred Body of Her Son

Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the Body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid it in a rock–hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the Day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and saw the tomb, and how the Body was laid; then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. [St. Luke 23:52–55]

Holy Mother of God, I remember the sorrow of thy heart when thou beheld the Body of Jesus wrapped in a linen shroud and laid in the tomb, and I desire to contemplate with thee the Face of Jesus, covered with a veil in death.

Pater Noster … (7x) Ave Maria

Holy Mother, this impart,
Deeply print within my heart,
All the wounds my Saviour bore.

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Closing Prayers

(3 Ave Marias in honour of the tears shed by Our Lady during these Seven Dolors:)

O Mother of Sorrows, by the tears thou shed, grant that I may weep for my sins: 

Ave Maria

O Mother of Sorrows, by the tears thou shed, soften the hardened hearts of sinners:

Ave Maria

O Mother of Sorrows, by the tears thou shed, allow me to make reparation for my sins:

Ave Maria

 

(Source: Knights of Columbus, who gratefully acknowledge Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, O.Cist. for providing this text.)

 

 

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Act of Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Lord Jesus, Who on Calvary and in the Holy Eucharist hast shown Thyself to us as the God of love and mercy, kneeling humbly at Thy feet, we adore Thee and beg once more for Thy forgiveness and for Thy divine pity.

And, remembering that by Thine own act on Calvary, the human race, represented by Thy beloved disciple John, gained a Mother in the Virgin of Sorrows, we desire to honour the sufferings and woes of our Mother’s Heart by devoting ourselves to it in solemn consecration.

It is but just, O Mary, that our souls should strive henceforth to venerate thee with special homage under the title of thy Sorrowful Heart, a title won by sharing in the whole Passion of thy divine Son and thus co-operating in the work of our redemption, a title due to thee in justice, and dear, we believe, to Jesus and to thine own Heart wounded by the wound in His.

We consecrate, therefore, O Mary, to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, ourselves, our families, and our country. Have pity upon us. See our tribulations and the anguish of our hearts in the midst of the mourning and calamities that lay waste the world. Deign, O Mother of God, to obtain mercy for us that, being converted and purified by sorrow and made strong in faith, we may henceforth be devoted servants of Jesus Christ and of His Church, for whose triumph we pray. O Mary Immaculate, we promise to be faithful clients of thy Sorrowful Heart. Intercede for us, we beseech thee, with thy Son that, at the very cry of thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, His divine Power may speedily bring to pass the triumph of right and justice. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have pity upon us.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us and save us.

 

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Litany of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows

Lord, have mercy on us, (Christ, have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us, (Christ, graciously hear us.)

God the Father of Heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, One God, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Mary, (* pray for us)
Holy Mother of God, (*)
Holy Virgin of virgins, (*)
Mother crucified, (*)
Sorrowful Mother, (*)
Tearful Mother, (*)
Afflicted Mother, (*)
Forsaken Mother, (*)
Desolate Mother, (*)
Mother bereft of thy Child, (*)
Mother transfixed with the sword, (*)
Mother overwhelmed with grief, (*)
Mother filled with anguish, (*)
Mother crucified in heart, (*)
Mother most sad, (*)
Fountain of tears, (*)
Vial of suffering, (*)
Mirror of patience, (*)
Rock of constancy, (*)
Anchor of confidence, (*)
Refuge of the forsaken, (*)
Shield of the oppressed, (*)
Subduer of the unbelieving, (*)
Comfort of the afflicted, (*)
Medicine of the sick, (*)
Strength of the weak, (*)
Harbour of the wretched, (*)
Calmer of the tempests, (*)
Resource of mourners, (*)
Terror of the treacherous, (*)
Treasure of the faithful, (*)
Eye of the Prophets, (*)
Staff of Apostles, (*)
Crown of Martyrs, (*)
Light of Confessors, (*)
Pearl of Virgins, (*)
Consolation of Widows, (*)
Joy of all Saints, (*)

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Jesus!)
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Jesus!)
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us, O Jesus!)

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble, in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Imprint, O Lady! Thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love – sorrow to endure every sorrow for Thee; love to despise every love for Thine. Amen.

Apostles Creed … Hail Holy Queen … (3x) Hail Mary ...
In honour of the most holy, Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary.

 

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa (Traditional Hymn)

At the Cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus at the last.

Though her soul, of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Now at length the sword hath passed.

Oh how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother, highly blest,
Of the sole begotten One! 

Oh that silent, ceaseless mourning,
Oh those dim eyes, never turning
From that wondrous, suffering Son!

Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing,
In her trouble so amazing,
Born of woman would not weep?

Who on Christ’s dear Mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share her sorrow deep?

For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His Spirit forth He sent;

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.

O, thou Mother, fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord.

Holy Mother, pierce me through.
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified;

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torment died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins blest,
Listen to my fond request;
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swooned
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die
In His awful judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defence,
Be Thy Cross my victory.

While my body here decays
May my soul Thy goodness praise
Safe in Paradise with Thee.
Amen.

 

 

 

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