Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary devotion

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

V. O God, come to my assistance
R. O Lord, make haste to help me
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the begninning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

(The Hail Mary is prayed a total of seven times: once after each of the seven prayers.)

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst 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."

1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)

 "And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed." – Luke II, 34-35.

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2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)

"And after they (the wise men) were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise and take the child and His mother and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy Him. Who arose and took the child and His mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and He was there until the death of Herod." – Matthew 2, 13-14.

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3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)

 "And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him." Luke 2, 43-45.

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4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.

"And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him." – Luke 23, 27.

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5. The Crucifixion.

"They crucified Him. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman: behold thy son. After that he saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother." – John 19, 25-27.

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6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.

"Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking Him down, wrapped Him up in the fine linen." – Mark 9, 43-46

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7. The burial of Jesus.

"Now there was in the place where He was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein no man yet had been laid. There, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulcher was nigh at hand." John 19, 41-42

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V. Pray for us, O Virgin Most Sorrowful
R. That we made be worthy of the promises of Christ

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, Savior of the world, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by
saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows).
The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.


  1. I will grant peace to their families.
  2. They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
  3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
  4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
  5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
  6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
  7. I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.

5 rules for Spiritual Growth by St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio established five rules for spiritual growth:

1. Weekly Confession

"A room needs to be dusted once a week, even if nobody is in there." - Padre Pio to Maria Campanile (a spiritual daughter).

2. Daily Communion

"Unless you are positive that you are in mortal sin, you ought to take Communion every day." - Padre Pio to some of the ladies who were afraid they were unworthy of taking communion every day. 

3. Spiritual Reading

Pio urged them to study Scripture and suggested spiritual books from the friary library.  

4. Meditation

"Meditation," Padre told Maria, "is the key to progress in the knowledge of self as well as the knowledge of God, and through it we achieve the goal of the spiritual life, which is the transformation of the soul in Christ."

5. Examination of Conscience

Padre Pio urged two periods of meditation daily, as well as two periods of self-examination: in the morning, "to prepare for battle," and in the evening, "to purify your soul from every earthly affection that might have been attach itself to you during the day."  Each of these periods of reflection and recollection was to last at least a half hour.  

Source: Padre Pio: The True Story, by C. Bernard Ruffin

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Mother Teresa had given her all to answer God's call, without counting the cost. The fruitfulness of her apostolate came at the steep price of many years of sacrifice.  The sisters living closest to her could not help but notice the following stated below.  I'm sure if you are a parent, a single person, or whatever your vocation in life at one time or another in your life you have probably encountered one of the following.  Each time we encounter any difficulty we can offer it up to Jesus.  

1. She traveled extensively either by car, train or air.   

2. She walked to the slums in the dust and dirt.

3. Being tired, hungry, thirsty

4. No privacy - her door was always open, or when she traveled someone always wanted to take her photograph or ask something of her.  

5. No fan even in the hottest summer

6. Sleeping in a small room, on a narrow, hard iron bed. 

She would say almost daily, "All for Jesus."

And when she encountered special trials, she used to teach, "You know, this is the chance for greater love." 

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1. St. Padre Pio prayed more than thirty rosaries a day.  This was a very important devotion for him. Whenever he had a spare moment, in the hallway, on the stairs, even going to and from the confessional, he would pray the rosary. He called the Rosary a weapon against the devil,

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