Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Act of Contrition

O my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, behold me kneeling before Thy divine presence all in confusion at the thought of the many grievous injuries I have done Thee. I ask pardon for them with my whole heart, repenting of them purely for love of Thee, hating them above every other evil, and ready to lose my life rather than offend Thee again. And do Thou, most tender Virgin, Mother of Mercy and Refuge of Sinners, obtain for me the pardon of all my sins by virtue of Thy bitter pains; and help me to so pray as to gain the indulgences attached to this Thy holy Rosary.

1. The heartrending anguish which Mary felt in her pure soul when she heard from the prophetic lips of Holy Simeon the future sufferings of her Son.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

2. The sword of grief which transfixed Mary's heart during the flight into Egypt.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

3. Mary's misery and woe when Jesus was lost for three days.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

4. Mary meets Jesus carrying his cross, and she faints at his feet.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

5. Mary stands beneath the cross, beholds Him die, and falls into the arms of St. John, with a broken heart.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

6. Mary recovers from her swoon, and receives on her lap the corpse of her Son.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

7. Mary with tears in her eyes follows her Son to the tomb and sees Him buried.

(Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)

In honor of the tears Mary shed during her sorrows.

(3 Hail Marys)

Pray for us, O sorrowful Mother of Jesus.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, may intercede for us before the throne of Thy mercy now and at the hour of our death, through whose most holy soul in the hour of Thine own Passion the sword of sorrow passed. Through Thee, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Ghost for ever and ever. Amen.

Servite Rosary Indulgences

A plenary indulgence for the recitation of the Seven Dolor Rosary may be gained, under the usual conditions, on the following occasions:

(Our Lady's Hour for Servite Tertiaries; Imprimatur: Samuel Cardinal Stritch, 1949.)

Graces and Promises

According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori (The Glories of Mary) it was revealed to St. Elizabeth that at the request of Our Lady, Our Lord promised four principal graces to those devoted to Her Sorrows:

  1. That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins;
  2. That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death;
  3. That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion;
  4. That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary's hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires.

In addition to these four graces there are also seven promises attached to the practice of daily praying seven Hail Marys while meditating on Our Lady's Tears and Sorrows. These seven promises were revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden:

  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.

(Prayers and Heavenly Promises, Joan Carroll Cruz, pp. 34-35.)