Friday, March 19, 2010

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows.

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Or, the feast of the Compassion of the Blessed Virgin) in passiontide is next week.It's a day late, but here is the prayer in preparation for the feast:

To be said on the seven days preceding the Feast of the Seven Sorrows.

"I.—Queen of Martyrs, and most sorrowful mother, by the bitter anguish that pierced thy heart when holy Simeon prophesied the Passion and Death of thy beloved Son, I beseech thee grant me a real knowledge of my sins, and a firm determination never willfully to sin again.

Hail Mary.

II.—Queen of Martyrs, and most afflicted Mother, by the anguish of thy most sorrowful heart, when thou didst hear of Herod's cruel persecution, and by thy sudden flight into Egypt, I entreat of thee grant me thy powerful help to overcome temptations, and steadfastly to avoid all occasions of sin. Hail Mary.

III.—Queen of Martyrs, and most suffering Mother, by the anguish of thy maternal heart, when returning from Jerusalem, thou didst lose Jesus, and seek Him sorrowing for three days, I implore thee by thy never failing intercession, that I may never lose the grace of God, but steadfastly persevere in His love and service.

Hail Mary.

IV.—Queen of Martyrs and most disconsolate Mother, by the deep distress of thy sorrowful heart at the sufferings of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and by the agony He there endured, obtain for me pardon for my past sins, and a ready compliance to God's holy calling.

Hail Mary.

V.—Queen of Martyrs and most desolate Mother, by the consternation which thine anxious heart experienced on meeting Jesus bearing His Cross, I beseech thee to obtain for me patience in adversity, and resignation to the will of God.

Hail Mary.

VI.—Queen of Martyrs! Mother most sorrowful! by that martyrdom which thy maternal heart experienced in witnessing the crucifixion of thy Divine Son, I implore thee obtain for me the grace that at the hour of my death I may worthily receive the last sacraments, and breathe out my spirit in peace.

Hail Mary.

VII.—Queen of Martyrs ! Mother of sorrows ! by the bitter anguish of thy most desolate heart when Jesus was laid in the holy sepulchre, obtain for me the grace of perfect detachment from the love of this world, and an earnest wish to be with thee for ever in Paradise.

Hail Mary.

Litany of the Sorrows, and Stabat Mater.

V. Pray for us, O ! most sorrowful Virgin. E. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the most blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose most holy soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrow in the hour of Thy passion, may intercede for us before the throne of Thy mercy, now and at the hour of our death, through Thee Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

Another prayer:

"Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows:

V.O God, make speed to save me

R.O Lord. make haste to help me.

Glory be.

As it was.

I. Immaculate Virgin,who, conceived without sin, didst direct every movement of thy most pure heart to that God Who was ever the object of thy love, and who wast ever most submissive to His will; obtain for me the grace to hate sin with my whole heart, and to learn of thee to live in perfect resignation to the will of God.

Our Father, once, Hail Mary, seven times.

 Heart transpierced with pain and woe! Set my heart with love aglow.

II. I Marvel, Mary, at thy deep humility, through which thy blessed heart was troubled at the gracious message brought thee by Gabriel, the archangel, that thou wast chosen mother of the Son of the Most High, and through which thou didst proclaim thyself His humble handmaid; wherefore, in great confusion at the sight of my pride, I ask thee for the grace of a contrite and humble heart, that, knowing my own misery, I may obtain that crown of glory promised to the truly humble of heart. 

Our Father, etc., Heart, etc.

III.Blessed Virgin,who, in thy sweetest heart didst keep as a precious treasure the words of Jesus, thy Son, and, pondering on the lofty mysteries they contained, didst learn to live for God alone; how doth my cold heart confound me! O dearest mother! get me grace so to meditate within my heart upon God's holy law that I may strive to follow thee in the fervent practice of every Christian virtue.

Our Father,etc.,Heart,etc.

IV. Glorious queen of martyrs, whose sacred heart was pierced in thy Son's bitter passion by the sword whereof the holy old Simeon had prophesied; gain for my heart true courage and a holy patience to bear the troubles and misfortunes of this miserable life, so that by crucifying my flesh with its desires, while following the mortification of the cross, I may, indeed, show myself to be a true son of thine. Our Father, etc., Heart, etc.

V. O Mary, mystical rose, with loving heart, burning with the living fire of charity, thou didst accept us for thy children at the foot of the cross, becoming thus our tender mother! make me feel the sweetness of thy maternal heart and thy power with Jesus that, when menaced by the perils of this mortal life, and most of all in the dread hour of death, my heart, united with thine, may love my Jesus then and through all ages. Amen.

Our Father,etc.,Heart,etc.

Let us now turn to the most sacred Heart of Jesus that He may inflame us with His holy love.

O divine Heart of Jesus! to Thee I consecrate myself, full of deep gratitude for the many blessings I have received and daily do receive from Thy boundless charity. With my whole heart I thank Thee for having, in addition to them all, vouchsafed to give me Thy own most holy mother, giving me to her as a son in the person of the beloved disciple. Let my heart ever burn with love for Thee, finding in Thy sweetest Heart its peace, its refuge, and its happiness."

From Here and Here.

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