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Start novena Sept. 6 ending Sept. 14 vigil of the
Feast of The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Novena to
Our Sorrowful Mother


MOST BLESSED and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs,
who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son;
by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life,
by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them;
look down with a mother’s pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows,
and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart.
I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing,
and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross,
so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,

Here pause and name the favours which you are asking Our Sorrowful Mother to obtain for you through this Novena.
(Let your secondary intention be to pray for the intentions of all the people making this Novena anywhere in the world.
Thus a great mass prayer for all Novena intentions will arise to Our Blessed Mother.)

For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy,
who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears?
Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart;
remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary, Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.
(Seven times)
ANOTHER

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Novena to Our Sorrowful Mother
The Seven Dolors of The Blessed Virgin Mary


This traditional Sorrowful Mother Novena is both a meditation
on the role that Mary played in our salvation and a plea for her intercession
so that we may follow her example in following Christ her Son.
Each verse of the prayer recalls one event of sorrow in Mary’s life and asks for her intercession
so that we may develop a particular virtue.
Each verse, too, asks for a particular gift of the Holy Spirit;
the seven verses cover all seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

V. O God, hasten to my aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


1. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in the affliction of thy tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon.
Dear Mother, by thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility
and the Gift of the holy Fear of God.
Hail Mary

2. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in the anguish of thy most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and thy sojourn there.
Dear Mother, by thy heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of generosity,
especially toward the poor, and the Gift of Piety.
Hail Mary

3. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in those anxieties which tried thy troubled heart at the loss of thy dear Jesus in the Temple.
Dear Mother, by thy heart so full of anguish,
obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the Gift of Knowledge.
Hail Mary

4. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in the consternation of thy heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross.
Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the Gift of Fortitude.
Hail Mary

5. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in the martyrdom which thy generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony on the Cross.
Dear Mother, by thy afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the Gift of Counsel.
Hail Mary

6. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
in the wounding of thy compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was pierced by a lance
before His Body was removed from the Cross.
Dear Mother, by thy heart thus transfixed,
obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the Gift of Understanding.
Hail Mary

7. I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful,
for the pangs that wrenched thy most loving heart at the burial of Jesus.
Dear Mother, by thy heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation,
obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the Gift of Wisdom.
Hail Mary

Let us pray.

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ,
now and at the hour of our death, by the throne of Thy mercy,
by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow
in the hour of Thy bitter Passion,
through Thee, O Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost
lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/7sorrows.htm
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Stabat mater dolorosa

At the cross her station keeping
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing
now at lenght the sword had passed.

Oh, how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother highly blessed,
of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying, glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
'whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother's pain untold?

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
she beheld her tender Child
All with scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation,
saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O sweet Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ, my Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain,
who for all our sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
mourning Him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live.

By the Cross with thee to stay,
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins blest!,
Listen to my fond request:
let me share thy grief divine;

Let me, to my latest breath,
in my body bear the death
of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
steep my soul till it hath swooned,
in His very Blood away;

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
lest in flames I burn and die,
in His awful Judgment Day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
by Thy Mother my defense,
by Thy Cross my victory;

While my body here decays,
may my soul Thy goodness praise,
safe in paradise with Thee. Amen.


To view and pray the 7 Dolors Devotion click here:
http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/7sorrows.htm
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Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows
by Pope Pius VII


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, pray for us

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us
Mother of the Crucified, pray for us
Sorrowful Mother, pray for us
Mournful Mother, pray for us
Sighing Mother, pray for us
Afflicted Mother, pray for us
Foresaken Mother, pray for us
Desolate Mother, pray for us
Mother most sad, pray for us
Mother set around with anguish, pray for us
Mother overwhelmed by grief, pray for us
Mother transfixed by a sword, pray for us
Mother crucified in thy heart, pray for us
Mother bereaved of thy Son, pray for us
Sighing Dove, pray for us
Mother of Dolors, pray for us
Fount of tears, pray for us
Sea of bitterness, pray for us
Field of tribulation, pray for us
Mass of suffering, pray for us
Mirror of patience, pray for us
Rock of constancy, pray for us
Remedy in perplexity, pray for us
Joy of the afflicted, pray for us
Ark of the desolate, pray for us
Refuge of the abandoned, pray for us
Shiled of the oppressed, pray for us
Conqueror of the incredulous, pray for us
Solace of the wretched, pray for us
Medicine of the sick, pray for us
Help of the faint, pray for us
Strength of the weak, pray for us
Protectress of those who fight, pray for us
Haven of the shipwrecked, pray for us
Calmer of tempests, pray for us
Companion of the sorrowful, pray for us
Retreat of those who groan, pray for us
Terror of the treacherous, pray for us
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs, pray for us
Treasure of the Faithful, pray for us
Light of Confessors, pray for us
Pearl of Virgins, pray for us
Comfort of Widows, pray for us
Joy of all Saints, pray for us
Queen of thy Servants, pray for us
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled, pray for us

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin, that we may be made worth of the promises of Christ

Let us pray, --- O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon,
a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary:
grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion,
Who lives and reigns world without end, Amen
Start novena Sept. 6 ending Sept. 14
I think the theology of these things is a bit suspect.

Mary is not suffering or sorrowful, she's in eternal glory.  To suggest that the Mother of God is suffering in eternity is, IMHO, shameful.