Praying the Seven Sorrows Chaplet
Begin on the single bead with an act of contrition to clear any obstacle before God and Our Blessed Mother.
On the following seven sets of beads ~
On the large bead
Announce and meditate on the Sorrow
On the smaller bead
Pray one Hail Mary
On the last single bead~
Pray one Hail Mary to honor the tears of the Sorrowful Virgin; one "Our Father", another Hail Mary, and one Glory Be for the intentions of the Pope
On the medal, ~ you may end with an invocation to the Sorrowful Virgin and a concluding offertory if you choose. These prayers are optional.
Invocation to the Sorrowful Virgin
Mary, Mother of God, Mother of Sorrows, lift me up when I am feeling sad and in times of trouble. Be my inspiration, my strength and my comfort throughout my life. Help me to accept the will of God with complete faith as you did. Help me to embrace the Gospel of Life and not a culture of death and to live accordingly. Embrace me with your motherly love and affection drawing me safely into the protection of your pierced and immaculate heart. Amen.
Seven Sorrows of Mary
1. Prophecy of Simeon.
Reading: Luke 2: 25-35
2. Flight into Egypt.
Matthew 2: 13-15.
3. Loss of the Child Jesus in the temple.
Reading: Luke 2: 41-50.
4. Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
Reading: Luke 23: 27-29.
John 19: 25-30.
6. Taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
Reading: Psalm 130.
7. Burial of Jesus
Luke 23: 50-56.
Meditations by St. Alphonses Liguori
V. O God come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
My Mother, share thy grief with me,
And let me bear thee company
To mourn thy Jesus’ death with thee.
Meditation - First Dolor - The Prophecy of Simeon:
I pity thee, O afflicted Mother, on account of the first sword of sorrow which pierced thee, when in the Temple all the outrages which men would inflict on thy beloved Jesus were presented before thee by Saint Simeon, and which thou didst already know by the Sacred Scriptures; outrages which were to cause Him to die before thine eyes, on an infamous Cross, exhausted by His blood, abandoned by all, and thyself unable to defend or help Him. By that bitter knowledge, then, which for so many years afflicted thy heart, I beseech thee, my Queen, to obtain for me the grace that during my life and at death, I may ever keep the Passion of Jesus and thy sorrows impressed upon my heart.
Meditation - Second Dolor- The Flight into Egypt:
I pity thee, my afflicted Mother, for the second sword which pierced thee, when soon after His birth thou didst behold thine innocent Son threatened with death by those very men for whose salvation He had come into the world, so that in the darkness of night thou was obliged to fly secretly with Him into Egypt. By the many hardships, then, which thou, a delicate young woman, in company with thine exiled Child, didst endure in so long and fatiguing a journey through rough and desert countries, and during thy residence in Egypt, where, being unknown and a stranger, thou didst live for so many years in poverty and contempt - I beseech thee, my beloved Lady, to obtain for me the grace to suffer in thy company with patience until death the trials of this miserable life, that I may thus in the next escape the eternal punishments of Hell, which I have deserved.
Meditation - Third Dolor - The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple:
I pity thee, my sorrowful Mother, on account of the third sorrow which pierced thee in the loss of thy dear Son Jesus, who remained absent from thee in Jerusalem for three days. No longer seeing thy Beloved by thy side and not knowing the cause of His absence, I can well imagine, my loving Queen, that during those nights thou didst not repose and didst only sigh for Him, who was all thy treasure. By the sighs, then, of those three days, for thee too long and bitter, I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace that I may never lose my God, that so, always clinging to Him, I may leave the world united to Him.
Meditation - Fourth Dolor - Mary Meets Jesus carrying His Cross:
I pity thee, my sorrowful Mother, for the fourth sword which pierced thee in seeing thy Son condemned to death, bound with cords and chains, covered with blood and wounds, crowned with a wreath of thorns, falling under the heavy weight of the Cross which He carried on His wounded shoulders, going as an innocent Lamb to die for love of us. Thine eyes met His and His met thine; and thy glances were as so many cruel arrows which wounded thy loving hearts. By this great sorrow, then I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace to live in all things resigned to the will of my God and to carry my cross cheerfully in company with Jesus, until my last breath.
Meditation - Fifth Dolor - The Crucifixion:
I pity thee, my afflicted Mother, for the fifth sword which pierced thee, when on Mount Calvary thou didst behold thy beloved Son Jesus slowly dying before thine eyes, amid so many torments and insults, on that hard bed of the Cross, where thou couldst not administer to Him even the least of those comforts which are granted to the greatest criminals at the hour of death. I beseech thee by the agony which thou, my most loving Mother, didst endure, together with thy dying Son, and by the sadness which thou didst feel when, for the last time, He spoke to thee from the Cross and bade thee farewell and left all of us in the person of Saint John to thee as thy children; by that constancy with which thou didst then see Him bow down His head and expire, I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace from thy crucified Love to live and die crucified to all earthly things, that I may spend my life for God alone and thus one day enter Paradise to enjoy Him face to face.
Meditation - Sixth Dolor - Mary receives the body of Jesus From the cross:
I pity thee my afflicted Mother, for the sixth sword which pierced thee when thou didst see the sweet heart of thy Son pierced through and through. He was already dead and had died for those ungrateful creatures who, even after His death, were not satisfied with the torments they had inflicted upon Him. By this cruel sorrow, then which was all thine, I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace to dwell in the heart of Jesus, wounded and opened for me; in that heart I say, which is the beautiful abode of love, in which all souls who love God repose; and that living there, I may never think of or love anything but God. Most sacred Virgin, thou canst obtain this for me, from thee do I hope for it.
Meditation - Seventh Dolor - The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.
I pity thee, my afflicted Mother, for the seventh sword which pierced thee on seeing thy Son already dead in thy arms, no longer fair and beautiful as thou didst receive Him in the stable of Bethlehem, but covered with blood, livid and all lacerated with wounds, so that even His bones were seen; thou didst then say, “My Son, my Son, to what has love reduced Thee!” And when He was borne to the sepulcher, thou wouldst thyself accompany Him and place Him with thine own hands in the tomb; and bidding Him thy last farewell, thou didst leave thy loving heart buried with thy Son. By this martyrdom of thy beautiful soul, do thou obtain for me, O Mother of Fair Love, the forgiveness of the offences which I have committed against my beloved God, and which I repent with my whole heart. Do thou defend me in temptations; do thou assist me at the moment of my death, that, saving my soul through the merits of Jesus and thee, I may one day, after this miserable exile, go to Paradise to sing the praises of Jesus and thee for all eternity. Amen
Lord, Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
“Between the sufferings of the soul and those of thebody there is no comparison.”
~Jesus to Saint Catherine of Siena~
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Our Lady told Saint Bridget of Sweden that she wanted us to meditate on her Seven Sorrows and to those who faithfully practice this devotion, she made these seven promises.
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 dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy."
Also, Our Lord revealed to the great contemplative, 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
Are even more agreeable to Me.”
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori conveyed in his classic work, The Glories of Mary, that Our Lord promised four graces to those devoted to the Sorrows of his Blessed Mother:
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.