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The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows 

Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows is very ancient and over time pious customs have been developed to enter into the heart of Mary that was pierced so “thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35). One such custom owes its origin to the Servite Order founded by a group called the Seven Holy Founders in 1233. From the very beginning they sought to live a life dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Through their spirituality they developed what has been called the “Servite Rosary,” also known as the “Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.” It recalls seven events in the life of Mary when she experienced great sorrow. It may be prayed as follows:.

 Sign of the Cross: In the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen.

 Introductory Prayer: My God, I offer You this Rosary for Your glory, so I can honour your Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, so I can share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins. Give me wisdom and humility, so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer.

 Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend You, my God, You Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Pray three Hail Mary’s
Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

1The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34–35)

With this confidence in my heart, I meditate on the First Sorrow, when Mary, Virgin Mother of my GOD, presented JESUS her only Son in the Temple, laid Him in the arms of holy and aged Simeon, and heard his prophetic word, “The sword of grief shall pierce thy soul,” foretelling thereby the Passion and Death of her Son Jesus.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

2The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Second Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin was when she was obliged to fly into Egypt by reason of the persecution of cruel Herod, who impiously sought to slay her well beloved Son.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

 3Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)

The Third Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin was when, after having gone up to Jerusalem at the Paschal Feast with Joseph her spouse and JESUS her beloved Son, she lost Him on the way back to her poor house, and for three days bewailed the loss of her only Love.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

4Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)

The Fourth Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin was when she met her dear Son JESUS carrying to Mount Calvary on his tender shoulders the heavy Cross whereon He was to be crucified for our salvation.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

5Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)

The Fifth Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin was when she saw her Son JESUS raised upon the hard tree of the Cross, and blood flowing from every part of his sacred Body, and then beheld Him die after three hours agony.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

6The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)

The Sixth Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin was when she saw the lance pierce the sacred Side of JESUS, her beloved Son, the nails withdrawn, and his holy Body laid in her purest bosom.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

7The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

The Seventh and last Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin, Queen and Advocate of us, her servants, miserable sinners, was when she saw the Holy Body of her Son buried in the grave.

Our Father once and then seven Hail Mary’s

V/. Pray for us, Virgin most sorrowful.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Concluding prayers:

Let us pray.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the most blessed Virgin Mary, thy Mother, may intercede for us before the throne of thy mercy, now and at the hour of our death, whose most holy soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrow in the hour of thine own Passion. Through Thee, Jesus Christ, saviour of the world, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows is a beautiful tradition in the Church and allows a soul to walk the via matris, following Mary who kept all of these sorrows in her heart.

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The Rosary

The Rosary is an ancient form of prayer which has been in the Church since the thirteenth century. It is a form of vocal and mental prayer with the words acting as a catalyst meditation on the mysteries. Until recently there were three groups of mysteries group into the Sorrowful, the Joyful and the Glorious. The late Pope John Paul instigated the Mysteries of Light. Each set of mysteries comprises the Sign of the Cross, the Apostles’ Creed, the Our Father, ten recitations of the Hail Mary and concludes with the ‘Glory Be’. During the prayer we meditate on the mysteries as follows:

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of Jesus
  4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  5. The finding of Jesus in the Temple


The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The scourging at the pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion


The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection of Our Lord
  2. The Ascension of Our Lord
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  4. The Assumption of Our Lady in Heaven
  5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven


The Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of Our Lord
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist



Prayer to St Bernadette

Bernadette, you have long sought the Lord where he called you to.

You asked, you listened, you trusted.

You were sure the Lord would guide you

You surrendered yourself completely into the hands of God.


Like Mary, you, too, were confident.

Bernadette, inspire in me the same confidence, the same generosity and patience.


Lord, enlighten me on my path

And give me the strength to say ‘yes’

When I hear your call.


Bernadette, you intensely desired the Eucharist

You have done everything to finally receive Communion in the Body of Christ.

You loved and adored the Blessed Sacrament

You united your life living in the offering

That of Christ at the altar.


Like Mary, the woman of the Eucharist

Bernadette, inspire me to hunger for the Eucharist, the food, presence and sacrifice.

Lord you have given us your Son,

The living and eternal bread.

That the Eucharist transforms my life to be a perpetual act of thanksgiving.


Bernadette, you always enjoyed serving others.

On 11 February, the Virgin appeared to you when you went to fetch firewood.

Among sisters, you have learned to treat the sick and the residents of the Hospice.

Later, in Never, you were an excellent nurse,

Offering an attentive and intelligent charity.


Like Mary, who saw the family’s needs in Cana

Bernadette, inspire in us the same generosity and the same faith that you Christ was present in each one.


Lord, you have given us brothers and sisters to love.

That our eyes, our hands and our hearts are open to all those that you put in our way.


Bernadette, your faith has grown in the Church.

The Church, it was your family, your church,

Your religious community.

Bravely, you went to tell the priests to hold a procession and to build a chapel.

Once your mission was accomplished,

You retreated in silence and humility.


Like Mary, in this day of Pentecost and then silence,

Bernadette, inspire in me the same love of the Church:

I trust it will support me in my prayer.


Lord, you give everyone a place in your Church.

Let me answer my vocation with the same simplicity and the same generosity as that of Bernadette.



Act of Consecration

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate, you appeared 18 times to Bernadette at the grotto in Lourdes to remind Christians of what the truths in the Gospel require of them. You call them to prayer, penance, the Eucharist and the life of the church. To answer your call more fully, I dedicate myself, through you, to your Son Jesus. Make me willing to accept what he said. By the fervour of my faith, by the conduct of my life in all its aspects, by my devotion to the sick, let me work with you in the comforting of those who suffer and in the reconciliation of people that the church may be one and there be peace in the world. All this I ask, confident that you, Our Lady, will fully answer my prayer. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

O Holy Virgin, in the midst of your days of glory, do not forget the sorrows of this earth. Cast a merciful glance upon those who are suffering, struggling against difficulties, with their lips constantly pressed against life's bitter cup.
Have pity on those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on our rebellious hearts.
Have pity on our weak faith.
Have pity on those we love.
Have pity on those who weep, on those who pray, on those who fear.
Grant peace and hope to all. Amen
Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us.
Mary, ever Blessed Virgin, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
Queen of Men and of Angels, pray for us
St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Traditional Prayer to St. Bernadette

O Saint Bernadette, who, as a meek and pure child, did eighteen times at Lourdes contemplate the beauty of the Immaculate Mother of God and received her messages, and who afterwards wished to hide yourself from the world in the convent of Nevers, and to offer yourself there as a victim for the conversion of sinners, obtain for us the grace of purity, simplicity and mortification that we also may attain to the vision of God and of Mary in heaven.  Amen