NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 3 (FOR SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE & UNDERSTANDING IN DIFFICULT 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 3)

Dear Mother Mary, as we embark on the third day of this novena in your honor, we approach you with hearts filled with reverence and love. You, who suffered deeply for the sake of your Son, guide us in our reflections on your Seven Sorrows. We seek your intercession and strength during these nine days. Amen. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 3): Scripture Reading: Luke 2:41-52

“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.”

Meditation: Reflect on the sorrowful incident when Mary and Joseph lost the young Jesus in Jerusalem during the Passover festival. Consider the anxiety and anguish they experienced during the search for Him and the profound lessons learned from this episode.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek the grace of spiritual guidance and understanding in difficult times. Obtain for us from your beloved Son and Lord, the grace and ability to understand that His ways are not our ways, and when faced with difficulties, we should submit to His will and learn from the lessons life brings to us.

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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Isioma
Isioma
5 months ago

May the Lord continue to bless us and hear our prayers. Amen

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
5 months ago

Our Mother of Sorrows, please wrap up in your sacred mantle and help us through the journey of life . Amen

Ije-Amaka
Ije-Amaka
5 months ago

O my lady of sorrows,wipe my secret tears

EuniceOur verenyol
EuniceOur verenyol
5 months ago

Mother of sorrows, I present to you my needs, sorrows, suffering please help me clean my son’s and give me the strength to worship and honor you all the days of my life.

Juliet Orianzi
Juliet Orianzi
5 months ago

O our lady of sorrow. Wipe away my tears. Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
5 months ago

Calmer of tempests, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
5 months ago

Companion of the sorrowful, pray for us. AMEN

Ifeoma Ugiomoh
Ifeoma Ugiomoh
5 months ago

Our lady refuge of the abandoned intercede for us in this country Nigeria. Help our nation to embrace peace

Chikere
Chikere
5 months ago

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

Emilia
Emilia
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
5 months ago

Our Lady of Perpetual Help pray for us and our country Nigeria.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
5 months ago

Mary our Mother of sorrows, strengthen me in the tribulations of life Amen.

Rumeh
Rumeh
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
5 months ago

Our Mother of Sorrow Pray for us Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
5 months ago

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

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Treasure of the Faithful, pray us and take all petitions and challenges to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
5 months ago

Through the intercession of our mother of sorrows may we be delivered from present sorrows. Amen

Phyllis Joseph Nweke
Phyllis Joseph Nweke
5 months ago

Amen

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrow..pray for us..

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
5 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow pray for us

Oboiseoye P. Chigbue
Oboiseoye P. Chigbue
5 months ago

Our Lady Mother of Sorrows, pray for me

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
5 months ago

On the birthday of our my mother and intercessor, i thank God for gift of our mother mary to us, for its her birthday, but the gifts are ours because we have her. Thank you mother mary for being a perpetual mother to me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER.

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
5 months ago

on this 3rd day of this novena, O mother of great sorrows , strengthen me in the trials and sufferings that brings me. Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, I present to you all my needs, sorrows, miseries, and sufferings

Colette Okwuchi
Colette Okwuchi
5 months ago

Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,
pray for us.

Anazodo Cecilia
Anazodo Cecilia
5 months ago

Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
5 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
5 months ago

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

Tersoo Ugese
Tersoo Ugese
5 months ago

Our lady Mother of Sorrows pray us and those faithful departed that loved you so much. In mind is mummy M.M.M.I and Daddy P.T Ugese . May thier souls rest in peace of the Lord Amen.

ISIOMA OKOLO
ISIOMA OKOLO
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, strengthen me in my needs. Amen

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrows…. Pray for us

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
5 months ago

Mother most sorrowful, pray for us.

Celemeka
Celemeka
5 months ago

May we learn from ur sorrows how to manage sorrows, amen

Gloria Nkiruka Odia
Gloria Nkiruka Odia
5 months ago

A million words Mama will never be enough to say Thank you.
I celebrate you my sweet Mother.
Our Mother conceived without Sin,pray for us.Amen.

Agnes Hanmaikyur
Agnes Hanmaikyur
5 months ago

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

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.

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
5 months ago

May Mary mother of sorrow intercede for us through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
5 months ago

May our Lady of sorrows intercede for us Amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
5 months ago

Amen

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
5 months ago

Our Lady sorrow s, pray for us.

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, strengthen all who are going through difficult times and those in anguish.

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
5 months ago

Amen and Amen

Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
Ayaka Daniel Esekwe
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows intercede for us

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
5 months ago

In the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen.

Nasa
Nasa
5 months ago

Our mother of sorrows, pray for us. Amen

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
5 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, strengthen me in the sufferings of life

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
5 months ago

Mother of sorrow, pray for us. Amen

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
5 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, Mother set around with anguish, pray for us

Thelma
Thelma
5 months ago

Oh lady of sorrows, be there for us always. Amen

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