The Servite Rosary of The
Seven Sorrows of Mary
Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady is a way of sharing
in the major sorrows of Mary’s life. As we pray one Our
Father, seven (or one) Hail Mary's, and one Glory Be for each
sorrow, we ponder the pain she endured along with her Son. We
ask her to help us understand the evil we have done and to lead
us to repentance. By joining our sorrows with Mary’s, as
she joined her sacrifices with her Son’s, we participate
in the work of our Redemption.
O Lord, Jesus Christ, I am truly sorry for my sins. I humbly ask
Your forgiveness, and I promise with Your help to prove worthy of
Your love by sharing in Your Passion and death through Our Blessed
Mother’s sorrows. Amen.
SORROW: The Prophecy of Simeon
How great was the shock to Mary’s heart at hearing the sorrowful
words in which Simeon foretold the bitter passion and death of her
sweet Jesus. Dear Mary, obtain for me a true sorrow for my sins.
SECOND SORROW: The Flight into Egypt
Consider the sharp sorrow which Mary felt when she and Joseph had
to suddenly flee by night in order to preserve her Beloved Child
from the slaughter decreed by Herod. What anguish was hers; how
great her privations in that long journey. What sufferings she bore
in that land of wails.
THIRD SORROW: The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
How dreadful was the grief of Mary when she realized that she had
lost her beloved Son. Filled with worry and weariness, she and Joseph
returned to Jerusalem, and for three long days sought Jesus, until
finding Him in the temple.
SORROW: Mary Meets Jesus on the way to Calvary
Come, O sinners, come and see if you can endure so sad a sight.
This Mother, so tender and loving, meets her beloved Son amid those
who drag Him to a cruel death. Consider, O dear people, the tremendous
grief as their eyes met—the sorrow of the blessed mother thus
beholding her Son.
FIFTH SORROW: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Look upon the two sacrifices on Calvary—one, the body of
Jesus; the other, the heart of Mary. Sad is the sight of that dear
Mother seeing her beloved Son cruelly nailed in the tree of the
cross. She stood at the foot of the cross and heard her Son promise
heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words are centered
on His mother and are directed to us, Behold Thy Mother! Let us
resolve always to look upon Mary as our Mother and remember that
she never fails her children.
SORROW: Mary Received the Body of Jesus in her Arms
Ponder the bitter sorrow which rent the heart of Mary when the
body of her dear Jesus was lowered from the cross and placed in
her arms. O mournful Mother, our hearts are softened with sorrow
upon seeing such affliction.
SORROW: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb
The most tragic day in history ends, and all that is left for the
Mother is to accompany her Son’s Body to the grave. What grief
was hers as she gazed a last time on the lifeless body of her Son,
and the great stone was rolled to seal the entrance to the tomb.
O Mother, obtain that all our love may rest with you and your Son,
Our Saviour, Who shed His blood for our salvation. By all your sorrows,
grant that the memory of them may be imprinted on our mind, that
our hearts may burn with love for God, and for the Passion of Jesus:
to Him be honor, glory and thanksgiving for ever and ever. Amen.