Seven Sorrows of Mary

Seven Promises of the Blessed Virgin, as given to Saint Bridget:

The following are the seven graces promised by Our Lady, thru Saint Bridget, to souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and sorrows:

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 visible 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.

 

Meditation and Prayers

I.  Prophecy of Simeon

Luke 3:25-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest 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 that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.

 

II.  Flight of The Holy Family Into Egypt

Matthew 2:13-18

...Behold, 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. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, "Out of Egypt have I called my son."  Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men.

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:  "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more."

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.

 

III.  The Child Jesus is Lost in the Temple

Luke 2:41-52

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.

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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

 

IV.  The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross

Jesus, our Savior, meets Mary, the Our Lady of Sorrows.  Oceans of grief deluge the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary as they face each other.  They suffer thus for my sins.  O Jesus, O Mary, bathe my sinful soul in a sea of true sorrow for my past offences.  In all temptation let us say: "Jesus, Mary, help me!"

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.

 

V.  The Crucifixion

Matthew 27:33-50

And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.  And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus the King of the Jews." 

Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.  And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."  So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, `I am the Son of God." And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, la'ma sabach-tha'ni?" that is, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "This man is calling Eli'jah."  And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.  But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Eli'jah will come to save him."  And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

John 19:25-30

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene.  When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.  After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), "I thirst."  A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth.  When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished"; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.

 

VI.  Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross

John 19:31-37

Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  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."

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.

VII.  The Burial of Jesus

John 19:38-42

After this Joseph of Arimathe'a, 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.  Nicode'mus 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.

Let us Pray:

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are 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.