NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 2 (FOR COURAGE AND STEADFAST FAITH IN CHALLENGING TIMES)

Introductory note to the Novena of Our Lady of Sorrows

In the serene embrace of our faith, we gather to embark on a journey of prayer and reflection during this Novena of Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus, bore the sorrows of witnessing her beloved Son’s passion and death. Her heart, pierced by seven swords of anguish, stands as an enduring symbol of her love and devotion to God’s divine plan. As we commence this novena, we are invited to walk alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeking solace in her sorrows and wisdom in her steadfast faith. Through her example, we learn the power of faith and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of life’s trials. During the next nine days, we shall be immersed in the lessons and reflections that emerge from the sorrows of Our Lady. Let us open our hearts to the lessons that these sorrows evoke, allowing them to penetrate us and change us to become better persons. As we undertake this novena, may we draw strength and inspiration from the journey of faith and patience of Our Lady, finding in her a source of comfort and hope.

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IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.

MOTHER OF SORROWS |Opening Prayer (Day 2)

Dear Mother Mary, as we continue this novena in your honour, we come before you once again with hearts full of devotion and love. You who endured immense sorrow and suffering, help us to draw closer to your maternal love and intercession. We seek your guidance during these nine days as we meditate on your Seven Sorrows. Amen. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 2): Scripture Reading: Luke 2:34-35

“Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.'”

Meditation: Reflect on the words of Simeon in the temple, where he prophesied that Jesus would be a sign of contradiction and that Mary’s soul would be pierced by a sword. Consider the profound mystery of Christ’s mission and the role of Mary in His redemptive plan.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek the grace of courage and steadfast faith in challenging times. Obtain for us from your beloved Son and Lord, the grace and ability to trust in the divine plan, even when faced with the trials and tribulations that life may bring.

THE SEVEN DOLORS (SORROWS) OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – (Culled from EWTN online)

  1. I grieve for you, O Mary, most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God. < Hail Mary…….. >
  2. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and your sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety. < Hail Mary….. >
  3. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the loss of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge. < Hail Mary…….. >
  4. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude. < Hail Mary…….. >
  5. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel. < Hail Mary…….. >
  6. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding. < Hail Mary…….. >
  7. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom. < Hail Mary…….. >

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

LITANY OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
pray for us.
Mother of the Crucified,
pray for us.
Sorrowful Mother,
pray for us.
Mournful Mother,
pray for us.
Sighing Mother,
pray for us.
Afflicted Mother,
pray for us.
Forsaken Mother,
pray for us.
Desolate Mother,
pray for us.
Mother most sad,
pray for us.
Mother set around with anguish,
pray for us.
Mother overwhelmed by grief,
pray for us.
Mother transfixed by a sword,
pray for us.
Mother crucified in thy heart,
pray for us.
Mother bereaved of thy Son,
pray for us.
Sighing Dove,
pray for us.
Mother of Dolors,
pray for us.
Fount of tears,
pray for us.
Sea of bitterness,
pray for us.
Field of tribulation,
pray for us.
Mirror of patience,
pray for us.
Rock of constancy,
pray for us.
Remedy in perplexity,
pray for us.
Joy of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Ark of the desolate,
pray for us.
Refuge of the abandoned,
pray for us.
Shiled of the oppressed,
pray for us.
Conqueror of the incredulous,
pray for us.
Solace of the wretched,
pray for us.
Medicine of the sick,
pray for us.
Help of the faint,
pray for us.
Strength of the weak,
pray for us.
Haven of the shipwrecked,
pray for us.
Calmer of tempests,
pray for us.
Companion of the sorrowful,
pray for us.
Retreat of those who groan,
pray for us.
Terror of the treacherous,
pray for us.
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs,
pray for us.
Treasure of the Faithful,
pray for us.
Light of Confessors,
pray for us.
Pearl of Virgins,
pray for us.
Comfort of Widows,
pray for us.
Joy of all Saints,
pray for us.
Queen of thy Servants,
pray for us.
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

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, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS

Grief divine: A reflection on Our Lady of Sorrows | Salt + Light Media

Our Lady of Sorrows, I present to you all my needs, sorrows, miseries, and sufferings. O Mother of Sorrows and Queen of Martyrs, who suffered so much to see Your Son scourged, mocked, and killed to save me, accept my prayers in this triduum. Kind Mother, grant me true contrition for my sins and a sincere change of life. Our Lady of Sorrows, who was present at the Calvary of Our Lord Jesus Christ, be also present in my “Calvaries.” I beg you for this grace that I so need (Make your petitions)… O Mother of Mercy and advocate of sinners, do not fail to support my soul in the affliction and spiritual combat that I am subject to fighting at all times. Our Lady of Sorrows, when the pains and sufferings come, don’t let me be discouraged. Mother of sorrows, wrap me in Your sacred mantle and help me through the valley of tears.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, sweetness, and hope! To you, we cry out, the exiled children of Eve. To you we sigh, groaning and weeping, in this valley of tears. Come then, our advocate, turn those merciful eyes of yours to us, and after this exile show unto us, the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O merciful, O pious, O sweet ever Virgin Mary.

Our Lady of Sorrows, strengthen me in the sufferings of Life. (3x) Amen

The Overlord — Pieta, 1876; The Madonna of the Lilies, 1899 by...

Blessing+

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows, may Almighty God bless us + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Shalom!
ⒸFr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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Chikere
Chikere
5 months ago

Mary, our Lady of seven sorrow, pray for us who recourse to you

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, strengthen me in the sufferings of life Amen

Henry
Henry
5 months ago

Blessed be God… Amen

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow!
Pray for us. Amen

Tonia
Tonia
5 months ago

May Mother Mary continue to intercede for us. Amen

Asen Anita
Asen Anita
5 months ago

Mother of Dolors pray for us

Somito
Somito
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us‍♀️

Adaeze
Adaeze
5 months ago

… after this exile show unto us, the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O merciful, O pious, O sweet ever Virgin Mary. Amen

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, strengthen me in the suffering of life. Amen

Felicity
Felicity
5 months ago

Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, strengthen me in the sufferings of Life. Amen

Christy Ugah
Christy Ugah
5 months ago

May our lady of sorrows strengthen me in the life of suffering Amen.

Dee
Dee
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, strengthen us in the sufferings of life. Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
5 months ago

Our Lady Mother of Sorrows, we entrust to your maternal intercession Osi and Bimbo, Eghe and Judith and all members of our families.

Rita Akaju
Rita Akaju
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, strengthen me in the afflictions of life Amen .

Mary Osagie
Mary Osagie
5 months ago

My Mother Mary please fight my battles for me and my entire households to the Glory of God. Amen.

Ije-Amaka
Ije-Amaka
5 months ago

O Mother of sorrow wipe my tears as we have recourse to thee

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
5 months ago

Holy Mary, help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, pray for all OCCF families, plead for the clergy especially our spiritual director Fr Chilaka, intercede for all women consecrated to God; and may all who keep your sacred commemoration experience the might of your assistance. Amen . Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.

Isioma
Isioma
5 months ago

Amen

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, please Pray for Me that GOD Almighty will hear and answer all my Petitions, Amen!!

Adakole Anita Ada
Adakole Anita Ada
5 months ago

Mother of sorrows,wrap me in your sacred mantle and help me through the valley of tears.Amen

Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
5 months ago

Our Lady Queen of peace. Pray for us

Thelma
Thelma
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of peace, strengthen me in the sufferings of Life. Amen

John juliet
John juliet
5 months ago

Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
5 months ago

Mournful Mother,
pray for us.

Lina Omagbitse
Lina Omagbitse
5 months ago

Dear mother our queen of patience I put my trust in your intercession that I shall obtain the graces I seek in thy name through Jesus Christ our Lord amen. Mother of sorrows, queen of peace pray for us

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
5 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow, pray for us.
Please strengthen me in my trials and sufferings of life. Amen.

Nwosu Christiana
Nwosu Christiana
5 months ago

Dear Mother Mary, as we continue this novena in your honour, we come before you once again with hearts full of devotion and love. You who endured immense sorrow and suffering, help us to draw closer to your maternal love and intercession. We seek your guidance during these nine days as we meditate on your Seven Sorrows. Amen.

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
5 months ago

May the our lady or sorrows intercede for me, and show me mercy

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
5 months ago

Shiled of the oppressed, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Comfort of Widows Pray for Us

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow strengthen me in my sufferings. Amen.

Umenwanne Perpetua
Umenwanne Perpetua
5 months ago

Thank you Fr, May God continue strengthen you in your work

Rumeh
Rumeh
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us

Eghe
Eghe
5 months ago

We thank the Lord and our mother Mary for this opportunity. Amen

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
5 months ago

Pray for us O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Pray for Chuka and obtain his VISA.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us Amen

Dora Faleye
Dora Faleye
5 months ago

Lady of sorrow..strengthen me in the sufferings of life

Adaora
Adaora
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, strengthen me in the suffering of life. Amen

Vera
Vera
5 months ago

Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows Pray for us

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
5 months ago

Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Chioma Okafor
Chioma Okafor
5 months ago

O Mary Mother of Sorrows, teach me how to bear Sorrows, amen

Inyang Esther
Inyang Esther
5 months ago

Amen

Agnes Hanmaikyur
Agnes Hanmaikyur
5 months ago

O Mary Mother of Sorrows, teach us how to bear sorrows. Amen.

Francis Emmanuella
Francis Emmanuella
5 months ago

Amen

Uba Susanna Chiebone
Uba Susanna Chiebone
5 months ago

Virgin Mary, my mother, help me to undergo the series of sorrows that I meat in course of family experiences. Pls pray for me to the Our Lord Jesus Christ of

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
5 months ago

Our mother of sorrows, intercede for us.

Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
5 months ago

Oh lady queen of sorrow… Pray for us

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