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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