The Seven Sorrows of Mary

A guide for meditating on the sorrows of the Blessed Mother

Michael Snellen
I AM Catholic


Photo by Michael Snellen

Legend says that Mary was assumed into the heavens not too long after Jesus’ left the earth because of her sorrow in his absence. Jesus’ greatest sorrow was said to be watching his mother cry for him.

Meditating on the sorrows of Mary not only brings us closer to Mary, it brings us closer to Jesus.

Mary’s sorrows are all of our sorrows.

— The following prayers can be used for a one-time prayer dedication or a nine-day novena

Starting prayer:

“O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.”


— the following includes scripture and prayers approved by Pope Pius VII in 1815

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