Diana von Glahn (AV-M)

by Diana von Glahn (AV-M)


Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady is a way of sharing in the sorrows of Mary’s life.

There are seven sorrows of Mary. 

  1. The prophecy of Simeon
  2. The flight into Egypt
  3. Losing Jesus for three days when he was in the Temple
  4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary
  5. Jesus' crucifixion and death
  6. Jesus' being taken down from the Cross
  7. Jesus being laid in the Tomb

As we pray one Our Father, seven Hail Marys, and one Glory Be for each sorrow, we ponder the pain she endured, and we ask her to help us understand the evil we have done, and to lead us to repentance. By joining our sorrows with Mary’s, as she joined her sacrifices with those of her Son, we participate in the work of our redemption and that of the whole world.

The Seven Graces of the Seven Sorrows

In the 14th century, the Blessed Mother revealed to St Bridget of Sweden that she would bestow seven graces on those who meditate on her sorrow regularly by praying 7 Hail Marys for each Sorrow. Those graces are:

  1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
  2. “They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries.”
  3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
  4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
  5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
  6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death—they will see the face of their mother.”
  7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”

As this article from the Register states, "St. Alphonsus recounts the revelation made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary 'that after the assumption of the Blessed Virgin into heaven, St. John the Evangelist desired to see her again. The favor was granted him; his dear Mother appeared to him, and with her Jesus Christ also appeared; the saint then heard Mary ask her Son to grant some special grace to all those who are devoted to her dolors. Jesus promised her four principal ones:"

  1. Those who, before death, invoke the Divine Mother in the name of her sorrows should obtain true repentance of all their sins.
  2. Jesus will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death.
  3. Jesus will impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in heaven.
  4. Jesus will commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, with the power to dispose of them in whatever manner she might please, and to obtain for them all the graces she might desire.

If you can't tell already, this is an amazing devotion.

So how do you do it?

Below is the method that Apostoli Viae Disciples use to meditate on Mary's Seven Sorrows.

Perhaps you might consider adding this devotion to your Lenten practices!

In this video, Father Chad Ripperger talks about how devotion to Our Sorrowful Mother helps us gain insight into our own sins.

How to Pray the Sorrowful Mother Rosary

Sign of the Cross: In the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen.

Introductory Prayer: My God, I offer You this Rosary for Your glory, so I can honor your Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, so I can share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins. Give me wisdom and humility, so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer.

Act of Contrition: Oh Lord Jesus Christ, I am truly sorry for my sins. I humbly ask Your forgiveness, and I promise that by your sacrifice and Your help and grace, to prove worthy of Your love by sharing in Your Passion and death through Our Blessed Mother’s sorrows. Amen.

(Pray 3 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

The Angelic Salutation

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

1. The prophecy of Simeon

"And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed." 
– Luke II, 34-35. 

Meditation: How great was the shock to Mary's Heart at hearing these sorrowful words, in which holy Simeon foretold the bitter Passion and death of her sweet Jesus, since in that same moment she realized in her mind all the insults, blows, and torments which the impious men were to offer to the Redeemer of the world. But a still sharper sword pierced her soul. It was the thought of men's ingratitude to her beloved Son. Now consider that because of your sins you are unhappily among the ungrateful. 

2. The flight into Egypt

"And after they (the wise men) were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise and take the child and His mother and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy Him. He arose and took the child and His mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and He was there until the death of Herod." – Matt. II, 13-14.

Meditation: Consider the sharp sorrow which Mary felt when, St. Joseph being warned by an angel, she had to flee by night in order to preserve her beloved Child from the slaughter decreed by Herod. What anguish was hers, in leaving Judea, lest she should be overtaken by the soldiers of the cruel king! How great her privations in that long journey! What sufferings she bore in that land of exile, what sorrow amid that people given to idolatry! But consider how often you have renewed that bitter grief of Mary, when your sins have caused her Son to flee from your heart. 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple

"And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him." Luke II, 43-45. 

Meditation: How dread was the grief of Mary, when she saw that she had lost her beloved Son! And as if to increase her sorrow, when she sought Him diligently among her kinsfolk and acquaintance, she could hear no tidings of Him. No hindrances stayed her, nor weariness, nor danger; but she forthwith returned to Jerusalem, and for three long days sought Him sorrowing. Great be your confusion, O my soul, who has so often lost your Jesus by your sins and has given no heed to seek Him at once, a sign that you make very little or no account of the precious treasure of divine love. 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross

"And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him." – Luke XXIII, 27.

Meditation: Come, O ye sinners, come and see if ye can endure so sad a sight. This Mother, so tender and loving, meets her beloved Son, meets Him amid an impious rabble, who drag Him to a cruel death, wounded, torn by stripes, crowned with thorns, streaming with blood, bearing His heavy cross. Ah, consider, my soul, the grief of the blessed Virgin thus beholding her Son! Who would not weep at seeing this Mother's grief? But who has been the cause of such woe? I, it is I, who with my sins have so cruelly wounded the heart of my sorrowing Mother! And yet I am not moved; I am as a stone when my heart should break because of my ingratitude. 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

5. The Crucifixion

"They crucified Him. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman: behold thy son. After that he saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother." – John XIX, l8-25-27.

Meditation: Look, devout soul, look to Calvary, whereon are raised two altars of sacrifice, one on the body of Jesus, the other on the heart of Mary. Sad is the sight of that dear Mother drowned in a sea of woe, seeing her beloved Son, part of her very self, cruelly nailed to the shameful tree of the cross. Ah me! how every blow of the hammer, how every stripe which fell on the Savior's form, fell also on the disconsolate spirit of the Virgin. As she stood at the foot of the cross, pierced by the sword of sorrow, she turned her eyes on Him, until she knew that He lived no longer and had resigned His spirit to His Eternal Father. Then her own soul was like to have left the body and joined itself to that of Jesus. 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross

"Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And Joseph buying fine linen, and taking Him down, wrapped Him up in the fine linen." – Mark XV, 43-46.

Meditation: Consider the most bitter sorrow which rent the soul of Mary, when she saw the dead body of her dear Jesus on her knees, covered with blood, all torn with deep wounds. O mournful Mother, a bundle of myrrh, indeed, is thy Beloved to thee. Who would not pity thee? Whose heart would not be softened, seeing affliction which would move a stone? Behold John not to be comforted, Magdalen and the other Mary in deep affliction, and Nicodemus, who can scarcely bear his sorrow. 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

7. The burial of Jesus

"Now there was in the place where He was crucified, a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein no man yet had been laid. There, therefore, because of the Sabbath of the Jews, they laid Jesus, because the sepulcher was nigh at hand." John XIX, 41-42.

Meditation: Consider the sighs which burst from Mary's sad heart when she saw her beloved Jesus laid within the tomb. What grief was hers when she saw the stone lifted to cover that sacred tomb! She gazed a last time on the lifeless body of her Son and could scarce detach her eyes from those gaping wounds. And when the great stone was rolled to the door of the sepulcher, oh, then indeed her heart seemed torn from her body! 

(Pray 1 Our Father and 7 Hail Marys)

Most Merciful Mother, remind us always about the Sorrows of your Son, Jesus.

Let us Pray: Oh sorrowful Mother! When you accepted John as your son, at the foot of the Cross, we too were accepted by you as your children. In remembrance of your sorrows, intercede for us and help us to obtain the favors that we are praying for. Mostly, obtain for us, sweet and compassionate Mother, that we will live and persevere in the service of your beloved Son, so that we will deserve, by His grace and our cooperation, to praise Him in glory forever and ever. Amen.

Three times, say: Mary, who was conceived without sin and who suffered for us, pray for us.

Sign of the Cross: In the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Amen.


IMAGES: Feature: Adriaen Isenbrandt: Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows; 1. Simeon and Jesus, by Andrey Shishkin (copyrighted, used with permission); Anno Domini, by Edwin Longsden Long (PD); Christ Teaching in the Temple, by Jean Joseph Constant (PD); Christ Bearing the Cross, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (PD); The Crucified Christ, by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (PD); The Descent from the Cross, by Domingo Valdivieso y Henarejos (PD); Pieta, by Franz von Stuck (PD); Pieta, by Charles Bosseron Chambers (PD)


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  • Cathleen  Ludlow

    Cathleen Ludlow

    I discovered this devotion years ago on the iPieta app. It's so powerful. Thank you for sharing it Diana, and for also sharing the stunning art.
  • Crystal Hernandez

    Crystal Hernandez

    I’ve long been attracted to this beautiful devotion to our Mother’s Sorrows...and I long to honor her sorrows in my heart (I used to pray them frequently, but not really with devotion). Finding this here today, on her feast day under title, Our Lady of Lourdes, encourages me to take it up this time with devotion. I’m amazed at how she knows our needs, desires, as she is blessed with such knowledge from her Son in order that she might guide us and assist us. Finding this was a beautiful signal grace for me to embrace this practice this Lent...and how fitting too, because I will also be meditating on the Passion for Lent using the book Dan mentioned in the vid on Preparation for Lent. Diana, I appreciate your wonderful gifts my dear sister! Your posts are so helpful to so many of us. Thank you for serving God and us! (And a virtual hug to you too🥰)
  • Diana von Glahn (AV-M)

    Diana von Glahn (AV-M)

    @Crystal BIG HUG to you, Sister!
  • Thomas DiGiovanni

    Thomas DiGiovanni

    Thank you for sharing!!!
  • Stephanie Hill

    Stephanie Hill

    Im new. Thank you, this will be my special practice for this lent.
  • Sammie Wood

    Sammie Wood

    Beautiful! Thank you for reminding me of this incredible devotion!
  • Teresa McReynolds (AV2)

    Teresa McReynolds (AV2)

    Thank you Diana
  • Kristal Levangie

    Kristal Levangie

    Thank you! Perfect timing for I was about to begin a novena to Our Lady of Sorrows to help me with what to do for Lent(especially self knowledge) and did not have a very good devotional to go by. These beautiful depictions and prayers definitely will help.
  • Sherry Minter

    Sherry Minter

    In my Protestant days, it went right over my head that our beautiful Blessed Mother lived her entire life entirely devoted to God, and the crucial role she played in our redemption, that she truly was blessed among all women. This beautiful devotion opens my eyes even more to the intense suffering Mary endured out of love for our Lord and for us. Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed art Thou among women! So beautifully and clearly presented here!!
  • Michele Erla

    Michele Erla

    I have felt drawn to this devotion for a long time and have decided this is going to be a part of my Lent. I love the pictures and meditations. Beautiful. I have been listening slowly to Father Ripperger’s talk about each of her sorrows. I am learning so much about her life. I have been working at typing up notes from his talk so that I can put it with the above meditations. Thank you for taking the time to do this for us.




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