The Sorrowful Mysteries (54 Day Novena)

Prayer before the recitation of the Rosary:
+In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary…

Prayer in petition:
Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness. Each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery. Each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so will thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou will give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

 

Prayer in thanksgiving:
Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness. Each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery. Each ten bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty…
Our Father…
3 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

The Agony in the Garden
O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Agony of Our Lord in the Garden, when, in the grotto of the Garden of Olives, Jesus saw the sins of the world unfolded before Him by Satan, who sought to dissuade Him from the sacrifice He was about to make. When, His soul shrinking from the sight, and His Precious Blood flowing from every pore at the vision of the torture and death He was to undergo, thy own sufferings, dear Mother, the future sufferings of His Church, and His own sufferings in the Blessed Sacrament, He cried in anguish, “Abba! Father! If it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me”; but, immediately resigning Himself to His Father’s will, He prayed, “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt!” I humbly pray:

Our Father…
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Scourging at the Pillar
O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Scourging of Our Lord, when, at Pilate’s command, thy divine Son, stripped of His garments and bound to a pillar, was lacerated from head to foot with cruel scourges and His flesh torn away until His mortified body could bear no more. I humbly pray:

Our Father…
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crowning with Thorns
O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crowning of Our Lord with thorns, when, the soldiers, binding about His head a crown of sharp thorns, showered blows upon it, driving the thorns deeply into His head. Then, in mock adoration, knelt before Him crying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” I humbly pray:

Our Father…
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Jesus Bears the Cross
O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Carrying of the Cross, when, with the heavy wood of the cross upon His shoulders, thy divine Son was dragged, weak and suffering, yet patient, through the streets amidst the revilements of the people, to Calvary; falling often, but urged along by the cruel blows of His executioners. I humbly pray:

Our Father…
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Patience in Adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Jesus is Crucified
O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Crucifixion, when, having been stripped of His garments, thy divine Son was nailed to the cross, upon which He died after three hours of indescribable agony, during which time He begged from His Father forgiveness of His enemies. I humbly pray:

Our Father…
10 Hail Marys
Glory Be…

I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Love for my enemies and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, really present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, since I cannot now receive Thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech Thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of Thy Most Holy Mother, and abide with me forever.

Thou in me,
And I in Thee,
In Time and in
Eternity, In Mary.

In petition:
Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary…

 

In thanksgiving:
Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail Mary…

 

Prayer
O God! Whose Only Begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, hath purchased for us the reward of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these 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.

May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child, thy blessing give to us this day (night). In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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