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Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast: September 15th, month of September, Saturday prior to Good Friday

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Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chaplet

The medal set for this example is found in the "Chaplets Sets" section of the web site #221 for the antique silver or colour picture on antique silver is #222. (click the #221 or #222 to go directly there)


While we have not found a rule that this chaplet is required in one specific colour, black for mourning and the Servite Order habit are customary to reflect Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Servite Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, or the Seven Dolor Rosary is comparable to the well known Dominican (5 decade) Rosary. Devotion to The Blessed Virgin Mary Sorrowing can be traced back to Calvary when Our Lord was dying and gave us His Mother by saying to St. John, "Behold Thy Mother."

By the middle ages, devotion to Our Lady's Sorrows had gradually become quite popular, and in the thirteenth century seven noblemen of Florence, Italy founded the order of the Servants of Mary or "Servites". The annals of the order tell that on Good Friday, 1240, Our Lady of Sorrows appeared to these seven founders in a vision. She was majestic in black garments and covered with a long mourning robe. Her eyes streaming with tears, she said gently, "It is I, my beloved, take this mourning robe, wear it until the hour of your death; spreading everywhere the memory of my Dolors and Passion of my Jesus." From this the Servites have fostered devotion to Our Lady's Sorrows. It was approved for the whole Church by Pope Pius VII in 1817. (courtesy of The Maryfaithful, Sept/Oct 1974 issue)
Method of Recitation: Optional Expanded Prayers for the Meditations:
A) On the Medal pray an act of contrition (optional)
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.

B) (skip the first 3 beads) At the medal, announce the first meditation. Then focus on the meditation while praying the Hail Mary on each of the next 7 beads.

Continue through the chaplet using these seven meditations:
1. The prophecy of Simeon
2. The flight into Egypt
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
4. Mary meets Jesus carrying His cross
5. The Crucifixion
6. Mary receives the body of Jesus from the cross
7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.

C) On the final 3 beads of the pendant pray an additional 3 Hail Marys in remembrance of the tears that Mary shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son. These are said to obtain true sorrow for our sins.

D) Again at the large medal:
V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Thy mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Thy bitter Passion. Through Thee, O Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen. (383)



(Additional meditations for this chaplet are available on the shorter Seven Sorrows chaplet page.)















1) The prophecy of Simeon
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of thy tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of holy fear of God. (Hail Mary 7 times)

2) The flight into Egypt
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of thy most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and thy sojourn there. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially towards the poor, and the gift of piety. (Hail Mary 7 times)

3) The loss of the Child Jesus
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried thy troubled heart at the loss of thy dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge. (Hail Mary 7 times)

4) Mary meets Jesus carrying His cross
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of thy heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude. (Hail Mary 7 times)

5) The Crucifixion
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful in the martyrdom which thy generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by thy heart afflicted in such wise, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel. (Hail Mary 7 times)

6) Mary receives the body of Jesus from the cross
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of thy compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance and His Heart was pierced. Dear Mother, by thy heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding. (Hail Mary 7 times)

7) The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb
I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful for the pangs that wrenched thy most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom. (Hail Mary 7 times) (Raccolta.383)

3 Hail Mary's in honour of Her tears. Concluding prayers as originally outlined.