NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS: DAY 8 (TO LOOK BEYOND THE SUFFERINGS AND PAIN OF THIS PRESENT LIFE AND SEE THEM AS A MEANS TO A BETTER LIFE AHEAD)

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 8)

Dear Mother Mary, as we approach the eighth day of this novena in your honour, we come before you with hearts filled with reverence and love. Your Seven Sorrows serve as a profound source of inspiration and reflection for us. We seek your intercession and guidance during these nine days. (State your Petitions).

Scriptural Reading, Meditation & Prayer (Day 8): Scripture Reading: Zechariah 12:10

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

Meditation: Reflect on this prophecy in Zechariah, which foretold a future time when the people of Jerusalem will recognize and mourn for the one whom they had pierced. In Christian tradition, this verse is often interpreted as a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, who was crucified and pierced on the Cross. It signifies the deep sorrow felt by His Blessed Mother and the rest of her spiritual children and the call to repentance that will come upon these spiritual children who recognize Jesus as the Messiah and grieve for His suffering and sacrifice.

Prayer: Mary, Mother of Sorrows, on this day, we seek grace of looking beyond the sufferings and pain of this present life and see them as a means to a better life ahead. Obtain also for us, dear Mother, the grace to carry our crosses with patience and love, just as you did. Teach us to unite our sufferings with those of your Son, That they may be transformed into sources of grace

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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Rita Akaju
Rita Akaju
8 months ago

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

Chukwudi Raphael
Chukwudi Raphael
8 months ago

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

Nkechi
Nkechi
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
8 months ago

O Mary mother of Sorrow teach me how to bear sorrow Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
8 months ago

Virgin Mary.

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

Somito
Somito
8 months ago

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

Lina Omagbitse
Lina Omagbitse
8 months ago

Mother of sorrows please continue to intercede for me for the graces I seek. And thank you for the graces that have been answered. Mother of sorrows, pray for me

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
8 months ago

Light of Confessors,
pray for us. Amen

Mary Osagie
Mary Osagie
8 months ago

Mother Mary help me and fight my battles. Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, help me in all that I am going through in life

Eghe
Eghe
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, please intercede for me and my family that all we do may become pleasing to God.
Amen

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
8 months ago

Mother bereaved of her son, pray for us.

OdohEkene
OdohEkene
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows, strengthen me I the sufferings of life Amen.

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
8 months ago

Amen

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
8 months ago

Mary mother of sorrow pray for us

Dora Faleye
Dora Faleye
8 months ago

Oku Lady of sorrow.. Pray for us

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, I and my family seek grace looking beyond the sufferings and pain of this present life and see them as a means to a better life ahead. Amen.

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
8 months ago

I pray for all who devotedly participate in this novena that the intercession of our Lady of Sorrows will guarantee all their noble heart’s desires

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow, strengthen me in the suffering of life

christiana
christiana
8 months ago

May Our Lady of sorrows comfort us in Jesus name Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
8 months ago

Our lady of Sorrows pray for grace of perseverance for us.

Lady Uche Nwosu
Lady Uche Nwosu
8 months ago

Mother of the Crucified, pray for us sinners that seek your help

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
8 months ago

Amen and Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
8 months ago

Companion of the sorrowful, Pray for me, my husband and my children. Amen

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
8 months ago

Suffering Mother, please intercede for me and my family. Amen

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
8 months ago

Our Lady of Sorrows, thank you…..

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
8 months ago

Our Lady, Mother of Dolors, pray for us. Amen!

Rumeh
Rumeh
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows pray for us

John juliet
John juliet
8 months ago

Amen

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
8 months ago

Oh lady of sorrows, through thy intercession,wipe away every tears of sorrows in my family in jesus name amen

Felicity
Felicity
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrow, strengthen me.

EuniceOur verenyol
EuniceOur verenyol
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows pray for us.

chibugo Maureen
chibugo Maureen
8 months ago

O Mary help us

Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
Aondover Demvihin scholarstica
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for my children as they go back to school.

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
8 months ago

Our lady of Sorrows pray for us Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
8 months ago

Amen!!!

Chinwe Elo- Okoye
Chinwe Elo- Okoye
8 months ago

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

Gloria Mary usu
Gloria Mary usu
8 months ago

Our lady of sorrows pray for us Amen

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
8 months ago

O Mary my mother pray fore

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
8 months ago

Holy Mary who alone art unexampled pray for us

Adakole Anita Ada
Adakole Anita Ada
8 months ago

Help of the sick pray for us.

ISIOMA OKOLO
ISIOMA OKOLO
8 months ago

Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
8 months ago

Our Lady is sorrows, pray for us

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
8 months ago

Afflicted mother, pray for us. AMEN.

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
8 months ago

Holy Cross, refuge of trial, guide & protect us. AMEN.

Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
Okhakumhe Bruno Sado
8 months ago

Lady of sorrows pray for us and stand by us in times of trials

Isioma
Isioma
8 months ago

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
8 months ago

Amen!

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
8 months ago

Our Lady of sorrows, pray for us Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
8 months ago

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

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