The Seven Sorrows of Mary,

Our Loving Mother

 

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Our Loving Mother of Sorrows

 

The Seven Promises of the Most Holy Mother of God

to St. Bridget

 

The following are the seven graces promised by the Blessed Virgin Mary to souls who honor her daily by saying seven

Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and sorrows. This devotion was passed on to us by Saint Bridget.

 

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 sorrows, 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.

 

 

I

 Simeon's Prophecy at the

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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Scripture Reading

"And Simeon blessed the Lord and said: "Lord, now let thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;  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 of contradiction. And a sword will pierce through your own soul also, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."   (Lk2:29-35)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of the grief suffered by thy tender Immaculate Heart at the prophesy of the aged holy Simeon.  O dearest Mother, through thy afflicted heart implore for me the virtue of humility and the Gift of the Fear of the Lord."

Pray one Hail Mary....

"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and Blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen." (Cf. Lk1:28,35,43)

 

II

The Flight with Jesus into Egypt

Scripture Reading

"An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and 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.' And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. For the Lord had spoken by the prophet, 'Out of Egypt have I called my son.'"  (Mt2:13-15)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

I compassionate thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of those distressing fears which thy affectionate heart endured on the flight to Egypt and during thy sojourn there.  O dearest Mother, through this thy anxious heart, implore for me the virtue of generosity, particularly for the poor, and the gift of Piety.

Pray one Hail Mary....

 

III

The Loss of her Son, Jesus, in Jerusalem

Scripture Reading

"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; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.  And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."  And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"  And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.  (Lk2:41-52)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee, O Sorrowful Mother Mary, on the account of that anxiety which thy worried heart endured in the loss of thy beloved Child Jesus.  O dearest Mother, through this thy exceedingly troubled Immaculate Heart, implore for me the virtue of chastity and the Gift of Knowledge."

Pray one Hail Mary....

 

IV

The meeting with her Son, Jesus,

on the Way to Calvary

Scripture Reading

"There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him; among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.  But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. (Mt27:55-56; Jn19:25)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account that horror with which thy motherly heart was stricken when meeting Jesus, bearing his cross.  O dearest Mother, through this thy exceedingly oppressed Immaculate Heart, implore for me the virtue of Patience and the Gift of Fortitude."

Pray one Hail Mary....

 

V

The Agony and Death of 

her Son, Jesus, on the Cross

 

Scripture Reading

"And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.  And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments.  And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!"  The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"  There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."  It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. "   (Lk23:33-38, 44-46)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that martyrdom which tortured thy magnanimous heart at the death-agony of thy Son, Jesus.  O dearest Mother, through this thy martyred Immaculate Heart, implore for me the virtue of Temperance and the Gift of Counsel."

Pray one Hail Mary....

 

VI

The Piercing of the Heart of Jesus

and the Descent from the Cross

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Scripture Reading

"But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness--his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth--that you also may believe. For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, 'Not a bone of him shall be broken.' And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they have pierced.  Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud."  (Jn19:34-37;Lk23:50-53)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee, O sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of the anguish inflicted upon thy tender heart by the thrust of the lance that opened the side of thy Son, Jesus and pierced His most adorable Heart.  O dearest Mother, through this vicarious transfixion of thy own Immaculate Heart, implore for me the virtue of Brotherly Love and the Gift of Understanding."

Pray one Hail Mary....

VII

The Burial of her Son, Jesus

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Scripture Reading

"After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight. They took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 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. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there." (Jn19:38-42)

Consolation to Our Loving Mother

"I compassionate thee, O Sorrowful Mother Mary, on account of that agony of soul which racked thy most loving heart at the burial of thy Son, Jesus.  O dearest Mother, through this extreme torment that filled thy burdened Immaculate Heart, implore for me the virtue of Zeal and the Gift of Wisdom"

Pray one Hail Mary....

 

Instructions for the Seven Sorrows Rosary

(Rosary beads optional)

1. Start your Seven Sorrows Rosary with the Sign of the Cross, the Apostles' Creed, an Our Father, then three Hail Marys (for Faith, Hope and Charity), followed by a Glory Be.

2. While meditating on each of the Seven Sorrows of Our Loving Mother, invoke each Sorrow, pray one Our Father, followed by seven Hail Marys and a Glory Be.

3. Repeat Number Two until meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Our Loving Mother are complete.  Time for this devotion is about one-half hour.

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

Say, while, with the right hand making a cross beginning at the forehead, then lower chest, then left shoulder, then right shoulder:

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

 

THE APOSTLES' CREED

"I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell and on the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting, Amen."

THE OUR FATHER

"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen."

Those who are disposed may add:

"For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory for ever and ever, Amen."

 

THE HAIL MARY

"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen."

"All that is Mary is in Christ."

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