THE SEVEN DOLORS OF MARY

The graces promised by Jesus to those who are devout to the dolors of Mary are very great. Pelbart relates, that after the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven, St. John the Evangelist desired to see her again. The favor was granted him. Mary appeared to him with Jesus: the Saint then heard Mary ask her Son to grant some special graces to all those who should be devout to her dolors. Jesus promised her four principal ones: 1st. That those who before death invoke the Divine Mother in the name of her sorrows, should obtain true repentance of all their sins. 2d. That he would protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and especially at the hour of death. 3d. That he would impress upon their minds the remembrance of his passion, and that they should have their reward for it in Heaven. 4th. That he would commit such devout clients into the hands of Mary, with the power to dispose of them in whatever manner she pleased, and to obtain for them all the graces she desired. (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Discourse on the Seven Dolors.)

ROSARY OF THE SEVEN DOLORS

I. When the holy old man Simeon foretold to Mary, that a sword of sorrow should pierce her soul, signifying thereby the passion and death of Jesus.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

II. When Mary had to fly into Egypt, on account of the persecution of the cruel Herod, who sought to put Jesus to death.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

III. When Mary lost her beloved Son, and sought him with tears during three days.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

IV. When Mary met her beloved Son carrying his cross to Mount Calvary, where he was going to be crucified for our salvation.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

V. When Mary saw her Son Jesus raised up on the Cross, and shedding his blood from all the parts of his sacred body.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

VI. When Mary saw the soldier pierce the side of Jesus with his spear, and when the sacred body of Jesus, being detached from the Cross, was laid in the arms of Mary.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

VII. When Mary saw the most holy body of her Son Jesus buried in the tomb.
One Our Father and seven Hail Marys.

Then three Hail Marys are recited in honor of the tears shed by the Blessed Virgin in her dolors.


SEVEN PROMISES

According to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), the Blessed Virgin grants seven graces to those who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Marys while 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 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 will be their eternal consolation and joy.”