Rosary of the 7 Sorrows (Dolors) of Mary

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Devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows has been part of Catholic Tradition since the beginning of the Church. In fact, St. Alphonsus Liguori described a revelation that St. Elizabeth of Hungary had concerning St. John the Evangelist, to whom she was deeply devoted.  Apparently, after Mary was assumed into Heaven, St. John asked Jesus if he could see her one more time. His request was answered and both Mary and Jesus appeared to St. John, where Jesus made several promises to those who honor the Sorrows of His Mother.

However, it was not until the 13th century that this devotion began to flourish.  In 1233, our Lady appeared to seven holy, prominent men of Florence, Italy (later canonized in 1888), and asked them to devote themselves to her service.  They ultimately left their life in Florence and settled on Mont Senario, where they founded an Order called the Servants of Mary (or Servites), dedicating their lives to penance and prayer, especially meditating on the seven sorrows of Our Lady.Read More

Intro Prayers

Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

On the Crucifix: My God, I offer You this Rosary in honor of the seven principal Sorrows of Mary, for Your greatest glory, for my conversion and that of all people through Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our salvation and our unique way to come to You, in union with the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen!

Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, Who is all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.  Amen.

1) The Prophecy of Simeon

Simeon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, met the Holy Family at the Temple, and he told Mary of the great suffering her son would undergo, and that a sword would pierce her heart as well.  (Lk 2:22-35)

1 Our Father… and 7 Hail Mary’s

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2) The Flight Into Egypt

Mary and Joseph had to suddenly flee by night to protect the child Jesus, taking very little with them. They had to travel a difficult road to a foreign land, where they lived among pagans and strangers.  (Mt 2:13-15)

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3) Loss of Jesus in the Temple

How awful was the grief of Mary when, on the trip back from Jerusalem, she realized the Child Jesus had been missing for three days. With sorrow in their hearts, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to look for the Child Jesus.  (Lk 2:41-52)

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4) Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary

Mary met Jesus as He carried a heavy cross on His scourged back and a crown of thorns adorning His head! Blood ran down His face and covered His body! Consider the tremendous grief of Mother Mary as their eyes met.

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5) Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross

Mary watched her beloved Son being cruelly nailed to the cross, and she stood at the foot of the cross watching her Son die. Her heart broke when He cried out in abandonment, and then gave her into the care of His beloved apostle.  (Jn 19:25-27)

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6) Mary Receives Jesus' Dead Body in Her Arms

Ponder the bitter sorrow of Mary when the body of her dear Son was lowered from the cross and placed in her arms. His Heart was pierced with a lance and Her Heart was spiritually pierced with a sword.  (Jn 19:38-40)

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7) The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

No parent ever wants to bury their child. Imagine the grief of Mother Mary as she accompanied her Son’s body to the grave and gazed for the last time on the lifeless body of her Son as the tomb was sealed shut.  (Jn 19:41-42)

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Concluding Prayer:  Queen of Martyrs, your heart suffered so much. I beg you, by the merits of the tears you shed in these terrible and sorrowful mysteries, to obtain for me and all the sinners of the world, the grace of complete sincerity and repentance. Amen.

To wipe away Mary’s tears, say the following prayer three times:  Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!  (3 times)

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