Seven Sorrows Chaplet

The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows is made up of 7 groups of of seven beads, with a medal for each depicting each of Mary’s Seven Sorrows.  It originated in the thirteenth century with the Seven Founders of the Servite Order and is also known as the Servite Rosary.  Our Lady of Kibeho, a Church-approved Marian apparition that occurred in Rwanda in the 1980’s, especially emphasized the need to pray this rosary.  It is usually made with black or dark beads to indicate sorrow.  It is prayed as follows:

Begin with the Sign of the Cross and pray an Our Father and Three Hail Mary’s on the beads below the center for the gift of Mary’s tears.  Once this is done, reflect upon Mary’s Seven Sorrows.

1. Prophecy of Simeon – reflect on and sympathize in the sorrow of our Blessed Lady, when she presented her Divine Child in the Temple, and heard from the aged Simeon that a sword of grief should pierce her soul on His account.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

2. Flight into Egypt – reflect on her sorrow when, to escape the cruelty of King Herod, she was forced to fly into Egypt with St. Joseph and her beloved Child.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

3. Three-day Separation from Jesus in Jerusalem – reflect on her grief, when, in returning from Jerusalem she perceived that she had lost her dear Jesus, whom she sought sorrowing during three days.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

4. Meeting Christ on the Road to Calvary – reflect on her meeting her Divine Son, all bruised and mangled, carrying His cross to Calvary, and seeing Him fall under His heavy weight.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ – reflect on her standing by when her Divine Son was lifted up on the cross, and the blood flowed in streams from His sacred wounds.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

6. Our Lord is Taken Down from the Cross (Pieta) – reflect on her sorrow, when her Divine Son was taken down from the cross, and she received Him into her arms.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

7. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is Buried in the Tomb – contemplate her following His sacred body, as it was borne by Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus, to the sepulcher, enclosed there, and hidden from her sight.

Our Father, Seven Hail Mary’s

When this is concluded, pray:

V. Pray for us, O most Sorrowful Virgin

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy Passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost for ever and ever. Amen.

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