Thursday, August 2, 2007

Seven Prayers in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

This prayer can be said daily in honor of Our Lady's Sorrows. This pious devotion, practiced with perseverance and love, will obtain for the penitent the promises made by Heaven through Mary. Our Lady will surely be pleased with those who turn their hearts toward her Seven Sorrows. Mary leaves nothing unrewarded that is done in her honor and those who pray thus may be confident of receiving the promised special graces.

Overall, the mission of this blog, as well as the next several posts is to explain how to grow in love for Our Sorrowful Mother and how to obtain the extraordinary favors she has promised us. She will never fail to lead those who love her to her Son's Sacred Heart, there to be written for all time. Don't forget, the Holy Spirit flies to those who have a devotion to Mary and most especially to those devoted to her sorrows. God so loved her that He dwelt within her. He delights to dwell within those who are in turn devoted to her!

This particular form of devotion to Mary's Sorrows was approved by Pope Pius VII:
Begin thus:
V: O God, come to my assistance.
R: O Lord, make haste to help me.
V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Hail Mary is prayed a total of seven times: once after each of the Seven Sorrows prayers)

~First Sorrow~
The Prophecy of Simeon

I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of thy tender heart at the prophecy of Simeon. Dear Mother, by thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among 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.
(Source: The Raccolta, Imprimatur 1951; Benzinger Bros, 1957)


Joyful Catholics said...

I have a beautiful 7 Sorrows Chaplet my friend, Denise, brought me from Medjugorje. I love Our Lady of Sorrows and this devotion, but haven't yet prayed it comletely. I thank you for this post and the reminder to pray it. I'll take a photo of my chaplet and post it sometime. It's lovely and the color of the light blue beads is so unique...they almost look like tears!


Esther said...

I was recently given on too by the lovely owner of Friends of the Holy Souls blog. You have a very nice blog BTW.