NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 5 (THAT WE MIGHT REPENT AND MOURN FOR OUR SINS)

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 5)

Dear Mother Mary, as we enter the fifth day of this novena in your honour, we come before you with hearts full of reverence and devotion. Your Seven Sorrows inspire us to reflect on the depth of your love and the strength of your faith. We seek your intercession and guidance during these nine days. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 5): Scripture Reading: Luke 23:27-31

“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, “Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!” Then ‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”‘”

Meditation: Reflect on the encounter between Jesus and the women of Jerusalem as He carries His Cross to Calvary. These women knew little or nothing about Jesus, but they must have seen His sorrowful and mournful mother, and moved by our Lord’s innocence, they joined and mourned for him. Jesus spoke words of both compassion and prophecy, highlighting the impending suffering and calling for repentance.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek the grace to mourn for our very selves – our sins and be sorry for them, spurring us to repentance. Obtain also for us the grace to realize that by our sins we have offended so good a God, together with a firm purpose of amendment.

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

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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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Deborah Onyemowo
Deborah Onyemowo
8 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow, grant us the grace of true repentance and teach us to serve God faithfully, doing His will without faltering. Amen

Igwesi victoria
Igwesi victoria
8 months ago

Amen

Gloria Olebunne
Gloria Olebunne
8 months ago

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

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
8 months ago

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows,may all our heart desires be granted

Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
8 months ago

Our Lady Queen of peace pray for us.

Okolie Blessing
Okolie Blessing
8 months ago

Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
8 months ago

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

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow strengthen me, In the suffering of life. AMEN.

Blessing Adzaagee
Blessing Adzaagee
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows,intercede on my behalf and my family.Please take our petition to God our Father in heaven. Amen.

Rita Akaju
Rita Akaju
8 months ago

Mary, most sorrowful, pray for us Amen

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
8 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow…have mercy on us Sinners..

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows… Pray for us

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
8 months ago

Calmer of tempests,
pray for me.

Chioma Catherine Enemba
Chioma Catherine Enemba
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows undo every knots in my family Amen

OBASI IKECHUKWU EMMANUEL
OBASI IKECHUKWU EMMANUEL
8 months ago

MAY THE ALMIGHT GOD ANSWER ALL OUR PRAYERS IJN AMEN

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
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. Amen

John juliet
John juliet
8 months ago

Amen

Mary Osagie
Mary Osagie
8 months ago

Mother Mary help me. Fight my battles. To The Glory of God The Father in Jesus Name I Pray. Amen

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
8 months ago

Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Gloria Nkiruka Odia
Gloria Nkiruka Odia
8 months ago

My dear Mother of Sorrows help and direct me and my family in facing and overcoming the challenges life throws at us.Amen.

Ogaga
Ogaga
8 months ago

Thank You Jesus

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows strenghten me in the suffering of life. Amen.

Henry
Henry
8 months ago

Mother Mary help us

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
8 months ago

Amen

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
8 months ago

Our Lady Of Sorrow pray for us. Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us. Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
8 months ago

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

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
8 months ago

Amen

Mike-kusah, Vickie
Mike-kusah, Vickie
8 months ago

Our Mother of sorrows,help us to be courageous as you and accept our suffering s with humility.

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
8 months ago

Amen and Amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
8 months ago

Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek the grace to mourn for our very selves – our sins and be sorry for them, spurring us to repentance. Obtain also for us the grace to realize that by our sins we have offended so good a God, together with a firm purpose of amendment.Amen

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
8 months ago

Amen!

Joy
Joy
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow , pray for us

Agbo O Austine
Agbo O Austine
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow,you went through all the sorrows of life ,help us ,as your loving children to always remain steadfast in the difficulties and challenges of life in Jesus name.

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us Amen

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Strength of the weak, pray for us, that when the pains and suffering comes, don’t let me be discouraged, wrape me in your sacred mantle and help me through the valley of tears. Amen.

Asen Anita
Asen Anita
8 months ago

Journey with us through this novena Our Lady of sorrows and strengthen our faith. Amen.

Callista
Callista
8 months ago

May our petitions be granted through the intercession of our Lady of Sorrow, Amen.

Ifeyinwa Adegbulugbe
Ifeyinwa Adegbulugbe
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows. Accompany us on our path to perfection in Christ Jesus. Pray for us. Amen

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, hear and answer our prayers Amen.

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
8 months ago

Mother most pure, pray for us. Amen

FAYOMI RAPHAEL GBENGA
FAYOMI RAPHAEL GBENGA
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us all in our sufferings

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
8 months ago

O Mary Mother of Sorrows, teach us how to bear sorrow through Christ Our Lord Amen

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows please don’t let me sorrows over my children and family Amen.

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
8 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow pray for us

Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
Malagu Cynthia ifeoma
8 months ago

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

Jacy Maria Egbeh
Jacy Maria Egbeh
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows grant us the grace to carry our crosses patiently & may the will of God be done in us & through us.

Juliet Orianzi
Juliet Orianzi
8 months ago

Mother of sorrow., help me through the valley of tears. Amen

Schòlàstica Ekere
Schòlàstica Ekere
8 months ago

Our Láďy of Sorrow enclosed me and my family close to your heàrt to ŕemain there forevèŕ

Hwange Francisca
Hwange Francisca
8 months ago

Our lady mother of sorrows, pray for us who are recourse to thee. Amen

Somito
Somito
8 months ago

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

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