NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 7 (TO OFFER OUR SUFFERINGS AND PAIN FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS)

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 7)

Dear Mother Mary, as we enter the seventh day of this novena in your honour, we come before you with hearts full of reverence and devotion. Your Seven Sorrows continue to inspire us and draw us closer to your Son, Jesus. We seek your intercession and guidance during these nine days. (State your Petitions). 

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 7): Scripture Reading: John 19:31-37

“Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

Meditation: Reflect on the events that took place after Jesus’ death on the Cross, including the piercing of His side, which fulfilled the Scriptures. Reflect on the sorrow our Blessed Mother embraced as she stood from a distance watching all these realities unfold before her, and the consolation she felt when the blood and water were shed for the redemption of humanity. Consider the significance of this act and its continuous effects on us to date.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek grace to offer our sufferings and pain for the good of others. Obtain also for us the grace to seek constant purification and repentance from the effects of the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, symbolized in the blood and water from the side of Christ. 

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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Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
9 months ago

Mother of sorrow , pray for us. AMEN.

Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for OCCF.
Amen

Chioma Catherine Enemba
Chioma Catherine Enemba
9 months ago

Mother Mary mediatrix of all Graces intercede for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
9 months ago

Dear Mother, we come under your banner for protection from

OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
OBIMMA OLUCHUKWU MARY
9 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow, teach me how to bear sorrow, amen

Henry
Henry
9 months ago

I love you Mother

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows strengthen me in the sufferings of life

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows
Pray for us. Amen

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
9 months ago

Our lady of sorrow pray for us

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
9 months ago

Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows pray for us

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
9 months ago

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

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
9 months ago

Medicine of the sick, pray for us. AMEN.

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, Light of Confessors, grant me true contrition for my sins, and a sincere change of life, and answer all my prayers. Amen.

Ozioma
Ozioma
9 months ago

Through the intercession of our lady of sorrows, may our heart desires be granted in Jesus name Amen.
Also I pray for massive sales at the course of this novena, that at the of this novena I will come back to testify God’s goodness and mercy in my life in Jesus name Amen

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
9 months ago

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

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
9 months ago

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

Eghe
Eghe
9 months ago

Our lady of sorrows please come to my aid

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrow, pray for us

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
9 months ago

O Fount of Tears, comfort your suffering children

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
9 months ago

May our Lady of sorrows help us to overcome all the temptation of this world. Amen

Somito
Somito
9 months ago

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.

Chikere
Chikere
9 months ago

Oh Mary, mother of seven sorrow, pray for us who recourse to you
Amen

Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
Catherine Adaugo Uzoma
9 months ago

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. Amen.

Isioma
Isioma
9 months ago

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
9 months ago

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

Chinwe Elo- Okoye
Chinwe Elo- Okoye
9 months ago

Mother of Sorrows, Queen of Peace, Pray for us , our children and our husbands

EuniceOur verenyol
EuniceOur verenyol
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows strengthen me in sufferings of life.

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
9 months ago

Through the intercession of Mary…may my prayers be answered….Amen

Hwange Thaddeus
Hwange Thaddeus
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows intercede for us.

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us and the whole world.

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
9 months ago

O Mother of Sorrows and Queen of Martyrs, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Ije-Amaka
Ije-Amaka
9 months ago

O mother of sorrows hear our inner groans

Ujumax
Ujumax
9 months ago

Amen amen and amen

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
9 months ago

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

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
9 months ago

Amen

Rumeh
Rumeh
9 months ago

Our lady of sorrows pray for us

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
9 months ago

Our Mother, companion of the sorrowful, pray for us.

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
9 months ago

Most holy Maty my mother , at tby feet I bend a supplant knee. Do thou hear our prayers Amen

ISIOMA OKOLO
ISIOMA OKOLO
9 months ago

Lord Jesus, let intercession be made for us by our lady of sorrows. Amen .

Anazodo Cecilia
Anazodo Cecilia
9 months ago

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows, may God grant all our heart desires Amen

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
9 months ago

Oh! Our Lady Of Sorrows, pray for me and my loved ones. Amen

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
9 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows pray for me and my family

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
9 months ago

Amen!

Nkechi Bature-Uzor
Nkechi Bature-Uzor
9 months ago

Amen . Thank you Jesus.

Okonkwo Gloria Ogochukwu
Okonkwo Gloria Ogochukwu
9 months ago

Heal me oh Mother most pure

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
9 months ago

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

Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
9 months ago

Lady of sorrows pray for us

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
9 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows strengthen me in this trying time Amen

Veronica Jackson
Veronica Jackson
9 months ago

Amen

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