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Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother

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Do you feel called to compassionate our Mother's Most Sorrowing Heart? Would you like to comfort and share Her grief and pain? Come, walk with us, talk with us, share with us your load of Her sorrow. All who want to grow in love with Jesus... the BEST way that I know is thru the ONLY IMMACULATE AND SORROWFUL heart of His Mother Mary!

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  1. daughterstm
    Yesterday 8:08 am
    Hail Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; thou art pitiable amongst women, and pitiable is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

    Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, implore for us, the crucifiers of thy Son, tears of contrition, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    ~~approved by Pope Pius IX in 1847
  2. daughterstm
    Yesterday 8:07 am
    O Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.
  3. DesertSister62
    Sep 25, '14 1:45 pm

    What better way to reflect on our own life with its many twists and turns, than to sit at Mary's feet and meditate with her on the Seven Sorrowful Mysteries!

    Even if no answer comes, we will know that at the very least we have shared compassion with Her whom Jesus loved with all His Heart!
  4. DesertSister62
    Sep 25, '14 1:37 pm

    7. The Seventh Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus Is Placed in the Tomb (Jn 19:41-42)

    The life of the Blessed Virgin Mary was so closely linked to that of Jesus she thought there was no reason for her to go on living any longer. Her only comfort was that his death had ended his unspeakable suffering. Our sorrowful mother, with the help of John and the holy women, devoutly placed Jesusí body in the sepulcher, and she left him there as any other dead person. She went home with great pain and tremendous sorrow; for the first time she was without him, and her loneliness was a new and bitter source of pain. Her heart had been dying since her sonís heart had stopped beating, but she was certain that our Savior would soon be resurrected.

    Prayer: Most Beloved Mother, whose beauty surpasses that of all mothers, mother of mercy, mother of Jesus, and mother to us all, we are your children and we place all our trust in you. Teach us to see God in all things and all situations, even our sufferings. Help us to understand the importance of suffering, and also to know the purpose of our suffering as God had intended it.

    You yourself were conceived and born without sin, were preserved from sin, yet you suffered more than anybody else has. You accepted suffering and pain with love and with unsurpassed courage. You stood by your son from the time he was arrested until he died. You suffered along with him, felt every pain and torment he did. You accomplished the will of God the Father; and according to His will, you have become our savior with Jesus. We beg you, dear Mother, to teach us to do as Jesus did. Teach us to accept our cross courageously. We trust you, most merciful mother, so teach us to sacrifice for all the sinners in the world. Help us to follow in your sonís footsteps, and even to be willing to lay down our lives for others.

    Concluding Prayer: Queen of Martyrs, your heart suffered so much. I beg you, by the merits of the tears you shed in these terrible and sorrowful times, to obtain for me and all the sinners of the world the grace of complete sincerity and repentance. Amen.

    Three times, say: Mary, who was conceived without sin and who suffered for us, pray for us.
  5. FootStool
    Sep 24, '14 9:48 pm
    with what struggle am I praying... God knows... I hope I am doing right in God's eyes...
  6. DesertSister62
    Sep 24, '14 9:20 am

    6. The Sixth Sorrowful Mystery: Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus in Her Arms (Jn 19:38-40)

    The friends of Jesus, Joseph and Nicodemus, took down his body from the cross and placed it in the outstretched arms of the Blessed Virgin. Then Mary washed it with deep respect and love because she was his mother. She knew better than anyone else that he was God incarnate whoíd taken a human body to become the Savior of all people.

    Mary could see the terrifying wounds from the flogging Jesus had received while at Pilateís. His flesh had been shredded and large strips had been torn from his back. His entire body had been so lacerated that gaping wounds crisscrossed him from head to toe. Mary found that the wounds from the nails were less severe than those caused by the flogging and by carrying the cross. She was horrified at the thought that her son had managed to carry the heavy, splintered cross all the way to Calvary. She saw the circle of blood the crown of thorns had made on his forehead and, to her horror, realized that many of the barbed thorns had dug so deeply into his skull they had penetrated his brain. Looking at her broken boy, the Holy Mother knew that his agonizing death was far worse than the torture reserved for the wickedest of criminals. As she cleaned his damaged body she envisioned him during each stage of his short life, remembering her first look at his beautiful newborn face as they lay in the manger, and every day in between, until this heartrending moment as she gently bathed his lifeless body. Her anguish was relentless as she prepared her son and Lord for burial, but she remained brave and strong, becoming the true Queen of Martyrs. As she washed her son she prayed that everybody would know the riches of paradise and enter the gates of heaven. She prayed for every soul in the world to embrace Godís love, so her sonís torturous death would benefit all humankind and not have been in vain. Mary prayed for the world; she prayed for all of us.

    Prayer: We thank you, Beloved Mother, for your courage as you stood beneath your dying child to comfort him on the cross. As our Savior drew his last breath, you became a wonderful mother to all of us; you became the Blessed Mother of the world. We know that you love us more than our own earthly parents do. We implore you to be our advocate before the throne of mercy and grace so that we can truly become your children. We thank you for Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, and we thank Jesus for giving you to us. Please pray for us, Mother.
  7. daughterstm
    Sep 23, '14 4:53 pm
    Just love this Footstool.

    Hail Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; thou art pitiable amongst women, and pitiable is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

    Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, implore for us, the crucifiers of thy Son, tears of contrition, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  8. daughterstm
    Sep 23, '14 4:51 pm
    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
  9. DesertSister62
    Sep 22, '14 11:12 pm

    5. The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross (Jn 19:25-27)

    The Blessed Virgin Mary continued to climb the mount to Calvary, following behind Jesus painfully and sorrowfully, yet suffering silently. She could see him staggering and falling with the cross some more, and she witnessed her son being beaten by soldiers who pulled his hair to force him to stand up.

    Despite his innocence, when Jesus reached the top of Calvary, he was ordered to confess in front of the crowd so they could laugh at him. Mary deeply felt her sonís pain and humiliation, particularly when his tormentors forced him to strip off what was left of his clothing. The Blessed Virgin felt sick at heart seeing these tyrants crucifying her son naked, shaming him terribly merely to amuse the jeering crowd. (Jesus and Mary felt more disgrace than normal people did because they were without sin and holy.)

    The Blessed Virgin Mary felt pain beyond bearing when Jesus was stretched out on the cross. His murderers sang merrily as they approached him with hammers and nails. They sat on him heavily so that he could not move when they spiked him to the wood. As they hammered the nails through his hands and feet, Mary felt the blows in her heart; the nails pierced her flesh as they tore into her sonís body. She felt her life fading away.

    As the soldiers lifted the cross to drop it into the hole theyíd dug, they deliberately jerked it, causing the force of Jesusí bodily weight to tear through the flesh on his hands and expose his bone. The pain shot through his body like liquid fire. He endured three excruciating hours skewered on the cross, yet the physical pain was nothing compared to the agonizing heartache he was forced to bear seeing his mother suffering below him. Mercifully, he finally died.

    Beloved Mother, Queen of the Martyrs,
    give us the courage you had in all your sufferings
    so that we may unite our sufferings with yours
    and give glory to God.
    Help us follow all His commandments and
    those of the Church so that Our Lordís sacrifice
    will not be in vain, and all sinners in the world
    will be saved.
  10. DesertSister62
    Sep 21, '14 11:13 pm

    4. The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary (Lk 23:27-31)

    Mary witnessed Jesus carrying the heavy cross aloneóthe cross on which he was to be crucified. This didnít surprise the Blessed Virgin because she already knew about the approaching death of Our Lord. Noting how her son was already weakened by the numerous hard blows given by the soldiersí clubs, she was filled with anguish at his pain. The soldiers kept hurrying and pushing him, though he had no strength left. He fell, exhausted, unable to raise himself. At that moment, Maryís eyes, so full of tender love and compassion, met her sonís eyes, which were pained and covered in blood. Their hearts seemed to be sharing the load; every pain he felt, she felt as well. They knew that nothing could be done except to believe and trust in God and dedicate their suffering to Him. All they could do was put everything in Godís hands.

    Beloved Mother, so stricken with grief,
    help us to bear our own suffering
    with courage and love
    so that we may relieve your sorrowful heart
    and that of Jesus.
    In doing so, may we give glory to God
    Who gave you and Jesus to humanity.
    As you suffered, teach us to suffer silently and patiently.
    Grant unto us the grace of loving God in everything.
    O Mother of Sorrows, most afflicted of all mothers,
    have mercy on the sinners of the whole world.


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