Prayer for the Mother of Sorrows Chaplet

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Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows

also known as

Rosary of Seven Dolors

 

Instructions

 

  1. Opening Salutation:
  2. O God Come to my assistance.
  3. O Lord make haste to help me.

Glory Be to the Father….

 

  1. Announce the First Sorrow –Meditation – Our Father – 7 Hail Mary’s and the Strophe are repeated after each sorrow

 

  1. Announce Second Sorrow – Repeat as above for all Seven Sorrows

 

  1. After completing the Seventh Sorrow add 3 Hail Mary’s in remembrance of the tears Mary shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son.

 

  1. Concluding prayers:
  2. Pray for us O sorrowful Virgin
  3. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

O God whose passion…. etc.

Meditations by St. Alphonses Liguori (optional)

 

  1. O God come to my assistance.
  2. 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. Amen.

 

Strophe:

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 theTemple 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 the Passion of Jesus and thy sorrows impressed upon my heart.

   Our Father, seven Hail Marys and the Strophe are repeated after each Dolor.

   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 slavation 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 the next escape the eternal punishments of Hell, which I have deserved.

Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and the Strophe.

   Meditation – Third Dolor – The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple: I pity thee, my sorowful 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.

   Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and the Strophe.

   Meditation – Fourth Dolor – Mary Meets Jesus carying His Cross:  I pity thee, my  sorrowful Mother, for the fourth sword which pierced thee in seeing thy Son condemmed 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.

 Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and the Strophe.

   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.

Our Father, seven Hail Marys and the Strophe.

   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.

 Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and the Strophe.

   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

 

Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and the Strophe.

 

Three hail Marys are added in rememberance of the tears Mary shed because of  the suffering of her Divine Son. These are said to obtain true sorrow for our sins. The following is the concluding prayer.

 

  1. Pray for us O most sorrowful Virgin,
  2. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

 

Let us pray

 

O God, at whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow didst pierce through the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary, grant that we who commemorate and reverence her dolors may experience the blessed effect of the Thy Passion, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen

 

Or

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. Amen

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