Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful mysteries are prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays. During the Sorrowful Mysteries, we enter the mysteries of Christ’s suffering and death which he had to undergo for our salvation. There are five sorrowful mysteries: the Agony of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden, the Scourging of our Lord Jesus at the Pillar, the Crowning of our Lord Jesus with Thorns, Our Lord Jesus Carries the Cross to Calvary and the Death of our Lord.

Opening Prayers                                          Click for Video Version
(1) Make the Sign of the Cross while saying: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Make your intentions.

(2) While holding on to the crucifix, say the “Apostles’ Creed“:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence, He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

(3) Say the “Our Prayer“:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

(4) Say “Hail Mary” (3 times):
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

(5) Say the “Glory Be”:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Announce the First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony of our Lord Jesus in the GardenFirst Sorrowful Mystery                                               
The Agony of our Lord Jesus in the Garden

Jesus took Peter, James and John with him to Gethsemane to pray. Distress and anguish came over him and he prayed His Father that He might not have to go through His time of suffering. He found His disciples asleep and said to them “Keep watch, and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:32-38

 

6) Say the “Our Father” on the large bead:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

(7) Say 10 “Hail Marys” (called a decade) on each of the small beads, while meditating on the mystery:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

(8) Say the “Glory Be”:
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

(9) Say the “Fatima Prayer“:
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.

Announce the Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging of Our Lord Jesus at the Pillar

Second Sorrowful Mystery
The Scourging of Our Lord Jesus at the Pillar
The gentle Son of God is mocked, ridiculed and brutally tortured by being whipped. Let us learn that salvation does not come from greatness but from humility and suffering.
John 19:1.

 

Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

Announce the Third Sorrowful Mystery

The Crowning of our Lord Jesus with ThornThird Sorrowful Mystery
The Crowning of our Lord Jesus with Thorn
The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches, and put it on Jesus’ head. They beat Him over the head with stick, spat Him, fell on their knees, and bowed down to Him.  Mark 15:17-19

 

Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

Announce the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Our Lord Jesus Carries the Cross to CalvaryFourth Sorrowful Mystery
Our Lord Jesus Carries the Cross to Calvary
Jesus went out, carrying his cross and came to “The Place of the Skull”: Golgotha … there they crucified Him. Jesus took his sufferings like the poor and the oppressed. John 19:18.

 

Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

Announce the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The CrucifixionFifth Sorrowful Mystery
The Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
At three o’clock Jesus Christ cried out with a loud shout, “My God, My God, why did you abandon me?” With a loud cry, Jesus died. The army officer who was standing there in front of the cross saw how Jesus had died. “This man was really the Son of God!” he said.  Mark 15: 33-38

 

Then say Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be and O My Jesus.

Concluding Prayers
Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray!
O God, Whose, only-begotten Son, by His Life, Death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech thee, that, meditating on the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke Him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima Prayers
The Pardon Prayer
:
O my God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.

The Angel’s Prayer:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Optional Concluding Prayers
O Mary
, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Amen. (3 times)

Holy Cross of Jesus Christ

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