The Servite Rosary of the Seven Sorrows
The Seven Sorrows of Mary
O, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, behold
me before your divine presence, all in confusion at the thought of the many grievous injuries I have done you. I ask pardon
for them with my whole heart, repenting of them for love of you, hating them above every other evil and ready to lose my life
rather than offend you again. And do you, most tender Virgin, mother of mercy and refuge of sinners, obtain for me the pardon
of all my sins by virtue of your bitter pains and help me to so pray as to gain the indulgences attached to this, your most
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of you divine love.
Send forth you spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
The First Sorrow:
us meditate on the first Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin, when she presented her only son in the temple, laid him in the arms
of holy Simeon, and heard
the prophetic words, "This one shall be a sword of sorrow to pierce your own
Mary flees into Egypt with Jesus and Joseph-
Forced to endure the hardships of a long journey, and
becoming a foreigner in a strange land, Mary and her family flee to protect the child Jesus from those who would destroy him.
The Third Sorrow:
Mary seeks Jesus lost in Jerusalem-
Jesus disappeared for three days in Jerusalem at the
age of twelve, causing his parents, especially Mary, agonizing sorrow.
The Fourth Sorrow:
Mary meets Jesus on
the way to Calvary-
As Jesus makes his way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised,
derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.
Mary stands near the cross of her Son-
Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as he
cries "I thirst". She hears him promise heaven to a thief and forgive his enemies. His last words, "Behold your mother," charge
us to look on Mary as our mother.
The Sixth Sorrow:
Mary received the body of Jesus taken down from the cross-
The passion and death are over but for his mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.
Mary places the body of Jesus in the tomb, awaiting the resurrection-
The most tragic day in history ends,
Mary alone in sorrow, as she lays the body of her Son, in the tomb.
Shepherd Me O God (Psalm 23) #31
by Marty Haugen
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my needs, beyond
my wants, from death into life.
God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want,
I rest in the meadows of faithfulness
I walk by the quiet waters of peace.
Shepherd me, O God, beyond my needs, beyond my wants,
from death into life.
Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul,
You lead me by pathways of righteousness and
My spirit shall sing the music of your name.
Though I should wander the valley of death,
I fear no evil, for you are at my side,
your rod and your staff,
My comfort and my hope.
have set me a banquet of love in the face of hatred,
Crowning me with love beyond my power to hold.
your kindness and mercy follow me all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of my God for evermore.