OUR LADY OF SORROWS
From the Roman Missal:
her Seven dolors
Feast: September 15
I want to stand
you next to the cross
and I want to join you in your grieving.
Make me bear Christ's death
make me share his passion
make me recall his wounds.
The Feast of
Our Lady of Sorrows falls on September 15. This feast
commemorates the sorrowful Mother and the sufferings she experienced
in union with her Son and dates back to the 12th century. The feast
was extended to the universal Church in 1817 by Pope Pius VII and
fixed officially in the calendar for September 15 in 1913 by Pope
Pius X. This feast reminds us of the spiritual martyrdom of Our
Blessed Mother and her compassion with the sufferings of her divine
Son. Through her great sufferings as co-redeemer, she also helps to
show us the true evil of sin and thereby leads us to repentance and
Liturgical Collect Prayer in honor of
Our Lady of Sorrows
Father, As your Son was raised on the cross,
His mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His suffering.
May she, who is also our spiritual Mother
and Patroness in heaven,
help us to find renewed strength
at the cross of Christ
and so to come to share in His rising to new life,
where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.
Praying the Seven Sorrows (Dolors) of Our Blessed Mother
Recompiled by SCTJM
The feast of Our Lady
of Sorrows falls on September 15; however, the prayers
honoring the seven sorrow of Our Lady can be said anytime throughout
the year. The devotion is similar to the Rosary, in that it consists
of seven "mysteries" to be meditated on. These are the seven sorrows
of Mary, the great piercings that she received throughout her life
with Jesus her Son.
In our meditation on
the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, we should pray to imitate the virtues
and dispositions of Our Blessed Mother, especially during her
moments of greatest suffering. We should seek to learn from her the
value and power of redemptive suffering. Suffering becomes
redemptive only through the Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection of
Jesus. Because of this, each one of us can offer our sufferings as a
gift to the Lord, uniting them with those of the His Son. When we do
this, our sufferings, just like those of Jesus, redeem and bring
grace to souls because they are united with His. We look to our
Blessed Mother to show us how to do this most perfectly. She, more
than any other creature, suffered in perfect union and communion
with her Son. These sufferings, united with Christ's, helped redeem
the world. We look to her for aid, comfort and an example.
Each Sorrow is
meditated upon while praying 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Mary's.
The First Sorrow of Mary: The Prophecy of Simeon at the
Presentation in the Temple (Lk 2:22-35)
When the time came for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the
2. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and
the Holy Spirit was upon him.
3. He took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord,
now let thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
4. for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast
prepared in the presence of all peoples.
5. And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about
6. 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"
7. (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that
thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
The Second Sorrow
of Mary: The Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-21)
When the Magi had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream
2. He 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."
3. Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night, and
departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.
4. Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise
men, was in a furious rage.
5. He sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in
all that region who were two years old or under.
6. But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in
a dream to Joseph in Egypt.
7. "Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of
Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead." And he
rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of
The Third Sorrow
of Mary: The Loss of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:41-50)
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the
Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up
according to custom;
2. When the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy
Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.
3. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the
company they went a day's journey,
4. They sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and
when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking
5. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among
the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
6. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so?
Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
7. He said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not
know that I must be in my Father's house?"
The Fourth Sorrow
of Mary: Mary Encounters Jesus on the Way of the Cross (John 19:1;
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross.
2. And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene,
who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross,
to carry it behind Jesus.
3. And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and
of women who bewailed and lamented him.
4. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do
not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
5. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed
are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts
that never gave suck!'
6. For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen
when it is dry?"
7. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which
means the place of a skull).
The Fifth Sorrow
of Mary: Jesus Dies on the Cross (Mark 15:22; John 19:18, 25-27;
Mark 15:34; Luke 23:46)
And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means
the place of a skull).
2. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on
either side, and Jesus between them.
3. Standing by the cross of Jesus were his Mother, and his
Mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
4. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved
standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"
5. Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your Mother!" And from
that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
6. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "E'lo-i,
E'lo-i, la'ma sabach-tha'ni?" which means, "My God, my God, why
hast thou forsaken me?"
7. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy
hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his
The Sixth Sorrow
of Mary: Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross (John 19:31-34, 38; Lam
In order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on
the sabbath, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be
broken, and that they might be taken away.
2. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of
the other who had been crucified with him;
3. but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs.
4. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at
once there came out blood and water.
5. After this Joseph of Arimathe'a, who was a disciple of Jesus,
asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus.
6. Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body.
7. "Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if
there is any sorrow like my sorrow.
The Seventh Sorrow
of Mary: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (Matthew 27:59; John 19:38-42;
Mark 15:46; Luke 27:55-56)
Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud,
2. Nicodemus also, who had at first come to Jesus by night, came
bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds'
3. They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths
with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
4. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.
5. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was
close at hand, they laid Jesus there. And Joseph rolled a stone
against the door of the tomb.
6. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and
saw the tomb, and how his body was laid.
7. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the
sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
According to the
visions of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) our Blessed Mother
promises to grant seven graces to those who honor her and draw near
to her and her Son every day by meditating on her dolors (sorrows)
and entering into her grief.
"I will grant peace to their families."
"They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries."
"I will console them in their pains and will accompany them in their
"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
"I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal
enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives."
"I will visibly help them at the moment of their death-- they will
see the face of their mother."
"I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who
propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors 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."
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