NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 6 (FOR THOSE MOURNING THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVES ONES, FRIENDS & AQUAINTANCES)

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 6)

Dear Mother Mary, as we approach the sixth day of this novena in your honour, we come before you with hearts filled with reverence and love. Your Seven Sorrows remind us of your profound sacrifice and lively faith. We seek your intercession and guidance during these nine days. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 6): Scripture Reading: John 19:38-42

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.”

Meditation:  Reflect on the acts of love and respect shown by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus as they cared for the body of Jesus after His crucifixion. Recall that solemn moment (as Tradition tells us) when Jesus’ lifeless body was taken down from the Cross and placed in the arms of His grieving mother, Mary – PIETA!

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek grace for those mourning the demise of their loved ones, friends, and acquaintances. Obtain also for us the grace to recognize the brevity of this life and the need to reconcile ourselves with God in order to stay united with Him in the life hereafter.

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...

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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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Rumeh
Rumeh
9 months ago

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

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
9 months ago

To your maternal intercession we entrust ourselves and our families and all whom it has pleased God to put on our Salfivic journey of life.

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, please pray for us and for our country.

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
9 months ago

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
9 months ago

Mother of sorrows keep praying for us ..Amen

OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
9 months ago

Holy Mary, pray for us

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
9 months ago

Our lady of sorrow…have mercy on us..

christiana
christiana
9 months ago

May Our Lady of sorrows comfort us in all our pains, in Jesus name Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
9 months ago

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

EuniceOur verenyol
EuniceOur verenyol
9 months ago

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Felicity
Felicity
9 months ago

Amen

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
9 months ago

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Okwuchukwu Veronica
Okwuchukwu Veronica
9 months ago

Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
9 months ago

Amen and Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, help us in the sufferings of life

Okoro Victoria
Okoro Victoria
9 months ago

Strengthen us in the sufferings of life

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
9 months ago

Our lady of Sorrows pray for us Amen

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
9 months ago

Amen
Our Lady of sorrows, pray for me, my husband and children. Amen

Priscilla
Priscilla
9 months ago

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
9 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us. Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, intercede for us Amen

Angelica
Angelica
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us.

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
9 months ago

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

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows?
Pray for us! Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us. Amen

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
9 months ago

Our mother of sorrows and intercessions may you shower your blessings upon us because we depend on you through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
9 months ago

Amen!

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
9 months ago

May Our Lady of sorrows pray for us Amen.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows intercede for my family Amen

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
9 months ago

Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us.

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
9 months ago

Through the intercession of our lady of sorrows may God Almighty finished and grant us all our heart desires, Amen

Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
9 months ago

Blessings and glory be unto our God for ever and ever

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
9 months ago

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

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
9 months ago

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

Adaobi Val
Adaobi Val
9 months ago

AMEN

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows. Pray for my children

Adaeze
Adaeze
9 months ago

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

Uche
Uche
9 months ago

Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, Strengthen us in the suffering of life
Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
9 months ago

Mary our Mother of sorrows, strengthen me in my trials and tribulations, amen.

Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
Ogbeifun uyi Osamagbe
9 months ago

Our Lady Queen of peace pray for us

Ufy
Ufy
9 months ago

Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
9 months ago

Amen!!!

Nkechi Bature-Uzor
Nkechi Bature-Uzor
9 months ago

Sorrowful mother,pray for us Amen .

Phoebe Atetan
Phoebe Atetan
9 months ago

Thank you mother of sorrows

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
9 months ago

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

Nnenna
Nnenna
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

John juliet
John juliet
9 months ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
9 months ago

Refuge of the abandoned, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
9 months ago

Amen

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