The Sorrowful Mysteries

Prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays during Lent

These mysteries recall the Lord’s Passion and Death and decidedly marked by a tone of Sorrow- sorrow for what was done to Jesus, and sorrow for our sins.  In them, Jesus prays earnestly to Father to surrender his will to go forward with the Crucifixion, he is scourged, mocked and crowned, forced to carry his own cross, and crucified.

1st Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

OF: The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. (Is 50:5)

1. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” (Mt 26:36)

2. And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” (Mk 14:33-34)

3. And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.” (Lk 22:41-42)

4. And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?”  (Mt 26:40)

5. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 26:41)

6. Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Mt 26:42)

7. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. (Lk 22:44)

8. And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer him. (Mk 14:40)

9. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. (Mt 26:44)

10. And he came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come; the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” (Mk 14:41-42)

2nd Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

OF: Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. (Wis 2:20)

1. Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. (Jn 19:1)

2. As many were astonished at him- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men… (Is 52:14)

3. Who has believed what we have heard?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? (Is 53:1)

4. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and an acquainted with grief… he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Is 53:3)

5. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. (Is 53:4)

6. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. (Is 53:5)

7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. (Is 53:7)

8. Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall be see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. (Is 53:10)

9. He shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. (Is 53:11)

10. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great… because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Is 53:12)