THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES The Gospels give great prominence to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ. 47 As he was yet speaking, behold a multitude; and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus, for to kiss him. Hence things repugnant to His natural will and to His sensitive appetite could happen to Him in His passible flesh. juxta Crucem lacrimosa, It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and Our Lord answered: "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. She could face disapproval. But He turns to them, saying: "Weep not for Me, Who am innocent, but weep for yourselves and for your children." Ever struggle praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary? 2: "My people....", 1: I opened the sea before you, , five times, in honor of the Passion of Jesus Christ, to gain other indulgences granted those who recite them. He has treated us without holding anything back; He has given His own life, and all His Blood; let us, then, be ashamed to treat Him with any reserve. 1st sorrowful mystery- The Agony of Jesus in the garden Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. O Mother of Sorrows, let me participate in the sufferings which thou and Thy Son endured for me, and let me experience thy sorrow, that afflicted with thee, I may enjoy thy assistance in the hour of my death. Help me by Thy grace. nati poenas inclyti. The following Sorrowful Mystery Rosary meditations are ideas of intentions you can pray for as you pray for your spouse, your children, yourself, priests, the Church, and the world. Look at Him as He goes along, with Body bent double, with knees all of a tremble, dripping with Blood; and so painful is it to Him to walk, that at every step He seems ready to die. And when he had touched his ear, he healed him. with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Why did He thus utter them? I commit my destiny to Thee, resigning myself to Thy holy will: may it be done in all things! 19 And Pilate wrote a title also, and he put it upon the cross. In her then is one Lord, one faith, one baptism [Eph 4:5]. To speak accurately, Christ neither prayed nor suffered His agony in Gethsemane, but in the garden close by; and He began His Passion in a garden as expiating the sin of Adam, which was committed in a garden. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son. With that in mind, it seems reasonable that the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, prayed and meditated upon with specific reference to this apocalypse of filth within our Church, among our clergy, can be a weapon deployed daily, inviting in the assistance of the saints and, most importantly Our Lady — Mary, the Mother of Sorrows — who will implore her Son for our sake as she prays with us. The prophecies of Isaias are thus fulfilled, “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins…The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”, “I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked my beard: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me and spit upon me.”. “— Words are not needed. Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II, The Fatima Family Handbook and What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas. For after this consolation from the Father by the angel, the agony of Christ seems to have passed away, and He appears to have prayed no more but to have prepared bravely for death. The Sorrowful Mysteries . ad palmam victoriae. 35 And when he was gone forward a little, he fell flat on the ground; and he prayed, that if it might be, the hour might pass from him. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive, who tried to hasten His steps when He had scarcely strength to move. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother on the road causing unspeakable pangs. 40 But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? Meditation 7 The Jews answered him: We have a law; and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. But without risking ridicule, we’ll never fully imitate Christ. For sinners also love those that love them. Peyton provides a unique view of the mysteries of the rosary. How painful and how sad it must have been for Mary, the sorrowful Mother, to behold her beloved Son, laden with the burden of the cross! 43 And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. I wrote these Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Mark 15:24 And crucifying him, they divided his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. Humiliation is a potent pain. but you led me to Pilate's court. All other quotes and references may be found in the Scriptures cited after each mystery above. 48 And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss? And bowing their knees, they adored him. 41 And he was withdrawn away from them a stone's cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, 42 Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done. ", Denis the Carthusian writes that in the Passion of Jesus Christ the breast of Mary was filled with the Blood which flowed from His Wounds, in order that with it she might nourish her children. [Galatians 3: 28] Thus, Jesus Christ and the faithful are one single body, because the head cannot be divided from the members, and these members are all spiritual children of Mary, as they have the same spirit of her Son according to nature, Who was Jesus Christ. 34 And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? For me. The Scourging at the Pillar – Christ is scourged by the soldiers at Pilate’s command. all the days that I may live. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance from which flow both Blood and Water, representing the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist. He called her "woman," we may say, because, drawing now near to death, He spoke as if departing from her, as if He had said, Woman, in a little while I shall be dead, and thou wilt have no Son upon earth; I leave thee, therefore, John, who will serve and love thee as a son. Lay aside therefore this Thy horror and grief with which Thou hast voluntarily invested Thyself, and reassume Thy former mind and strength, and come bravely to the work of human Redemption, by which Thou wilt most signally celebrate the glory of God, rejoice the angels, redeem men from Hell, and bring them back to the glories of heaven. Oh, that also my heart would feel and experience at least some of your sufferings!  St Alphonsus Liguori, The Way of the Cross. Persevere in your resolutions of reform and do not part from the cross; he who persevereth to the end shall be saved. Quartum Mysterium Dolorosum: Bajulatio Crucis. Meditation: The first sorrowful mystery speaks to us of true contrition. O my dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which Thou didst die for love of me. but you struck my head with a reed. Look, says St. Augustine, at thy God upon His Cross; see how He prays for them that crucify Him; and then deny pardon to thy brother who has offended thee! SORROWFUL MYSTERIES The Agony in the Garden – conformity to God’s will. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. STATION 14 - Jesus is laid in the Sepulcher. Arnold of Chartres remarks that while Jesus was laboring to save the Jews, they were laboring to destroy themselves; but the love of the Son had more power with God than the blindness of this ungrateful people. [John 19: 26, 27], We read in St. Mark [15: 40] that on Calvary there were present many women, who watched Jesus on the Cross, but from afar off, among whom was Mary Magdalen. On this St. Athanasius exclaims, O blessed thief, thou hast stolen a kingdom by that confession! Find out more h ere.. as it is drunk by Me, so let it be drunk by these, without mistrust, without sense of pain, without fear of death. “It is love ‘to the end’ that confers on Christ’s sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction” (Catechism, 616). The pain which the Holy Virgin endured in the Passion of her Son exceeded all the pains which a human heart can endure; but the grief of Mary was not a barren grief, like that of other mothers who behold the sufferings of their children; it was a fruitful grief, since through the merits of her so great grief, and through her love [according to the opinion of St. Augustine], as she was the natural mother of our head Jesus Christ, so she then became the spiritual mother of us who are His faithful members, in co-operating with Him by her love in causing us to be born, and to be the children of the Church. Tertium Mysterium Dolorosum: Coronatio cum Spinis. The Angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Jesus was despoiled of His garments that He might die possessed of nothing; how happy will I also die after laying aside my former self with all evil desires and sinful inclinations!  St Alphonsus Liguori, The Way of the Cross. Thus is confirmed what God said by Ezechiel, that, when the sinner heartily repents of his sins, God pardons him in the same way as if He had forgotten all the sins he had committed. After this there was silence for a time. 7 And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder. [Psalm 30: 2], O Mary, mother of God, I trust in thy prayers; pray that I may live and die faithful to thy Son. Read thought-provoking speeches from the world's most inspiring figures, who bring Faith and Reason to bear on the critical issues that confront our country and our world. Jesus Christ, ill dying, had so great a desire to save all men, that He made even those enemies who shed His Blood with torments partakers of that Blood." pertransivit gladius. 43 And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. 21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate: Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am the King of the Jews. arise, pray, lest you enter into temptation. I love Thee, O my Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. 2: "My people....", 1: For you I struck down the kings of Canaan. “Still, not my will but yours” – But I should remember that sometimes God wants me to accept suffering for a greater purpose.  St Francis of Assisi, The Way of the Cross. [Hebrews 5: 7], Further, this abandonment of Jesus Christ was the most dreadful suffering in all His Passion; for we know that after suffering so many bitter pangs without complaining, He lamented over this; He cried with a loud voice, and with many tears and prayers, as St. Paul tells us. Never permit me to offend Thee again. 4): The angel spoke the following, or like words to Christ, “0 Lord, bravest of men, Thy prayer is most acceptable to Thy Father; because, notwithstanding Thy natural dread of death, Thou resignedst Thyself wholly to the will of the Father boldly to undergo the death appointed for Thee by Him. 37 And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And Isaiah gives us to understand that God is so urgent for our good, that when we pray He instantly hears us. Make me feel as thou hast felt; Christ withdrew there—(1) for retirement and prayer, and to be free from distraction; (2) to show that He did not fly from death, but rather sought for it, for the place was well known to the traitor; and (3) to show that He suffered out of pure love and compassion for men. Chapter 8:For just as, after the waters of the deluge, by which the old iniquity was purged—after the baptism, so to say, of the world—a dove was the herald which announced to the earth the assuagement of celestial wrath, when she had been sent her way out of the ark, and had returned with the olive-branch, a sign which even among the nations is the fore-token of peace; so by the self-same law of heavenly effect, to earth—that is, to our flesh—as it emerges from the font, after its old sins flies the dove of the Holy Spirit, bringing us the peace of God, sent out from the heavens where is the Church, the typified ark. xii. Nov 18, 1302Urged by faith, we are obliged to believe and to maintain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and also apostolic. et cruore Filii. 2: "My people....", 1: I gave you saving water from the rock, The sufferings of Jesus from thirst, caused by the fever which his wounds and sufferings had brought on, were intense. She is the only one, the chosen of her who bore her,' and she represents one sole mystical body whose Head is Christ and the head of Christ is God [1 Cor 11:3]. And if the desolation continues, we must continue the same acts of conformity to the Divine will, as He Himself repeated them for the three hours during which He prayed in the garden.  St Alphonsus Liguori, The Way of the Cross. F. 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