NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 4 (FOR SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD & PROTECTION OF MARY IN HARD 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 4)

Dear Mother Mary, as we approach the fourth day of this novena in your honour, we humbly come before you with hearts full of devotion and gratitude. Your Seven Sorrows serve as a source of inspiration and strength for us. We seek your intercession and guidance during these nine days. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 4): Scripture Reading: John 19:25-27

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

Meditation: Reflect on the profound moment when Jesus, on the Cross, entrusted Mary to the care of His beloved disciple John and John to the care of Mary. Consider the love and trust between Jesus, Mary, and His disciples, and the importance of spiritual motherhood.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek the grace to embrace you fully as our spiritual mother, seeking your guidance, intercession, and compassion always. Obtain also for us the grace to imitate your compassion and selflessness, especially in times of difficulty and sorrow.

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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Idudu Maureen
Idudu Maureen
8 months ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
8 months ago

Companion of the sorrowful. Pray for us, AMEN.

Nwosu Judith
Nwosu Judith
8 months ago

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

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us. Amen.

Felicity
Felicity
8 months ago

Amen

Juliet Orianzi
Juliet Orianzi
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow, I present to you all my need

Somito
Somito
8 months ago

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

OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
8 months ago

Mother most sorrowful, pray for us amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
8 months ago

Medicine of the sick,pray for us Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
8 months ago

Mother Mary Calmer of tempests… Pray for us. Amen

Eghe
Eghe
8 months ago

Thank you Jesus, thank you Mother Mary. AMEN

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
8 months ago

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

Dinma Anekwe
Dinma Anekwe
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray and intercede for me in my sorrowful moments Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
8 months ago

Our lady of Sorrows pray for us Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
8 months ago

Amen and Amen

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
8 months ago

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.

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Joy of the afflicted, pray for us through your intercession that I and my family will overcome our affliction and the Lord Almighty will answer our prayers. Amen

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow strenghten me in time of trouble

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, strenghten me in my suffering.

Rita Akaju
Rita Akaju
8 months ago

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

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow.
Have mercy on us Sinners..

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
8 months ago

Mother of sorrows, wrap me in Your sacred mantle and help me through the valley of tears.
O Lady of sorrows, strengthen me the sufferings that comes daily with life.
Amen.

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
8 months ago

Lord Almighty bless me through this novena

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
8 months ago

Virgin Mary.
Our Lady of Sorrows, strengthen my family and I in the sufferings of Life. Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
8 months ago

Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow pray for us. Amen

Inyang Esther
Inyang Esther
8 months ago

Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
8 months ago

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

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
8 months ago

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our prayers. Amen

Ufy
Ufy
8 months ago

Amen.

Priscilla
Priscilla
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us, Amen

Amaka
Amaka
8 months ago

May the sorrows we bear in the world supplicate our salvation, O Mother of sorrow our advocate.

Rumeh
Rumeh
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows pray for us

John juliet
John juliet
8 months ago

Amen

Innocent Ukwah
Innocent Ukwah
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, Pray for us

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
8 months ago

Amen!

Judith Eruotor
Judith Eruotor
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, comfort of widows strengthen me in the suffering of life

Lina Omagbitse
Lina Omagbitse
8 months ago

Thank you my mother mirror of patience for your intercession and for loving me. Mother of sorrows pray for us

Emilia
Emilia
8 months ago

Mother of sorrow pray for us

Patricia Essiet
Patricia Essiet
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows…… Pray for us Amen

Marcel Asen
Marcel Asen
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us Amen

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
8 months ago

O Mother of Sorrows, Pray for us

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
8 months ago

Thank you Lord for your Mercy and blessings of today and may our mother of sorrows turned our sorrows into joy, Amen.

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
8 months ago

Mary most sad, pray for us Amen

Uchenna
Uchenna
8 months ago

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

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
8 months ago

Thank mother Mary for your intercessions.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
8 months ago

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows, may Almighty God bless grant answer to our petitions

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
8 months ago

Amen

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
8 months ago

Amen

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