Our Lady of (Seven) Sorrows
This devotion was originated in the thirteenth century
It recalls the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of God endured in compassion
for the suffering and death of her Divine Son.
The Feast of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows is on
Our Lady of Sorrows is traditionally depicted in art dressed in black
with seven swords piercing her heart. These seven swords symbolize the
chief seven sorrows of Our Lady’s life. Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary
gave rise to the figure in Christian art of the Pietà, the sorrowing
Mother holding the dead Body of her Son who has been taken down from the
The Seven Sorrows Rosary consists of seven Hail Marys
For each of the seven Sorrows.
The Prophecy of Simeon
The Flight into Egypt
The Loss of Jesus in the
Mary meets Jesus Carrying the
Mary Receives the Dead Body of
The Burial of Her Son and
Closing of the Tomb
Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows 1
O Most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief
you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death
of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion and awaken in my heart
a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of
my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affections for the
passing joys of this earth, I may long for the eternal Jerusalem, and that
henceforth all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed toward this one
most desirable object.
Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate
Mother of God.
Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows 2
Hallowed Mother, do this favor: Those Wounds that gored
my Savior, deeply on my heart engrave. Mine it be, Christ's throes in sharing.
Mine it be, his anguish bearing. These, his wounds, to keep in mind. From the
flame of hell unending, be thou, Virgin, me defending, in that dreadful
reckoning day! When in death my eyes are closing, open them, Lord, to see
reposing, Victory's crown in Mary's hand. When my frame by death is broken, and
my doom by thee is spoken, be it, Lord, the better land. Amen.
I beseech you, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose most
holy soul was pierced in the hour of your Passion by the sword of sorrow, may
intercede for us with your mercy now and at the hour of our death.
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