ROSARY OF THE SEVEN SORROWS

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 PROPHECY OF SIMEON
Let us meditate on the First Sorrow of Mary, when She presented Jesus, Her only Son, in the Temple, laid Him in the arms of holy Simeon, and heard his prophetic words: “This One shall be a sword of pain to pierce Thine own heart.”

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

2. THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
The Second Sorrow of Mary was when She was obliged to flee into Egypt, by reason of the persecution of cruel Herod, who impiously sought to slay Her well-beloved Son.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

3. THE LOSS OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
The Third Sorrow of Mary was when, after having gone up to Jerusalem to the Paschal Feast with Joseph, and Her Son, Jesus, She lost Him on the journey, and for three days bewailed the loss of Her so beloved One.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

4. THE MEETING OF JESUS AND MARY ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS
The Fourth Sorrow of Mary was when She met her dear Son Jesus, carrying on His bruised shoulders the heavy cross whereon He was to be crucified.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

5. THE CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF JESUS
The Fifth Sorrow of Mary was when She saw Her Son Jesus raised upon the hard wood of the cross, and after three hours' agony She beheld Him die.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

6. THE TAKING DOWN OF THE BODY OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS
The Sixth Sorrow of Mary was when She saw the sacred side of Jesus pierced with a lance, and received His mangled body on Her most pure bosom.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

7. THE BURIAL OF JESUS
The Seventh Sorrow of Mary, our Queen and Advocate, was when She accompanied the sacred body of Her Son to the Sepulchre.

(Our Father, Seven Hail Marys)

Let us say three Hail Marys in honor of the tears of Mary that we may obtain a true sorrow for our sins, and the indulgences attached to this pious exercise.

(Three 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.


INDULGENCES GRANTED BY BENEDICT XIII AND CLEMENT XII IN FAVOR OF ALL THE FAITHFUL WHO PERFORM THIS DEVOTION

To those who, being contrite, and having confessed, or who have the firm purpose of confessing, shall recite the beads of the dolors, are granted the following indulgences:

  • 200 days for each Pater and each Ave, when recited in the church of the [Servite] Order.
  • The like indulgences on Fridays, on the principal solemnities of the dolors, with their Octaves, and on every day in Lent, without the obligation of reciting the beads in any particular place.
  • 100 days' indulgence for each Pater and each Ave, when recited at any other time or place.
  • Seven years and seven quarantines besides the above, when recited fully, either alone or with others.

(Benedict XIII, September 26, 1724.)

  • 100 years' indulgence, when fully recited after confession, or with the firm purpose of confessing.
  • 150 years, when recited after confession and Communion, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on the Feasts of obligation.
  • A Plenary Indulgence one day in the year, left to each person's selection, to those who have recited it four times a week. Usual conditions and recitation of the beads of the dolors after confession and Communion.
  • A Plenary Indulgence once in the month, to those who have recited it each day during that time. Usual conditions.
  • 200 years, when recited after actual confession.
  • Ten years, to those who carry on their persons and frequently recite the beads of the dolors, when, after confession and Communion, they assist at Mass, or at a sermon, or accompany the Blessed Sacrament when carried to the sick, or bring sinners to repentance, or reconcile enemies, or, reciting seven Paters and Aves devoutly, they shall perform any spiritual or temporal work of mercy in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, and of their patron Saint.

(Clement XII, December 12, 1734. Confirmed by Benedict XIV and Clement XIII.)

All the above-named indulgences are applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

(From “The Book of Holy Indulgences,” Compiled from the Decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences, by Rev. M. Comerford. 1876.)

PROMISES

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Marys while meditating on her tears and sorrows.
This devotion was passed on by 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 dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.”