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Part of our life in the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows involves intercessory prayer, both personally and collectively. Each member spends some time in daily prayer, including the Seven Sorrows Chaplet and Scripture reading.

We welcome your prayer requests, that we might include them in both our private and communal prayer. You can send them to us by completing the form on our Contact Us page.

If you wish to join us in daily prayer, sign up for our free prayer ministry, "The Daily Devotional/Prayer Basket." It will arrive in your e-mail box every day, including Sundays, and has readings of the day, a devotional by a Catholic author, a thought for the day, and a list of prayer requests. The entire Community - as well as anyone else who wishes to join us in prayer - receives it. You are welcome to request a free sample copy by completing the form on our Contact Us page. You will receive the next day's edition, and then you can let us know if you wish to be added to our mailing list.

We encourage you to join us in praying Mary's Seven Sorrows Chaplet. Instructions for praying this prayer are below. It is our hope and prayer that you will find solace in praying it with us.

The traditional Seven Sorrows Chaplet rosary, made with medals, can be purchased from any religious goods store or on any web site that sells traditional rosaries. Or you can purchase a hand-tied cord Chaplet, made by one of the members of the Community of Our Lady of Sorrows, on our Chaplets for All web site at a very reasonable cost, which includes shipping. Your purchase from our site makes it possible for us to provide chaplets to local churches where we have Chapters, and to spread this devotion to Our Lady.

The Seven Sorrows Chaplet
The Chaplet is similar to a rosary, and can be said on ordinary rosary beads or on a Seven Sorrows Chaplet rosary. Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary goes back to the Middle Ages. The Chaplet consists of forty-nine Hail Mary's, divided into seven groups of seven. Each group of seven is begun with an Our Father, as in the regular rosary.

The Chaplet is traditionally begun with an opening prayer and an Act of Contrition, since the devotion has a penitential character. Like the regular rosary, the groups of seven Hail Mary's are an occasion for meditation on the mysteries - or in this case, the Seven Sorrows of Mary - which are listed below. Also like a traditional rosary, each Sorrow is announced on the large bead, followed by an "Our Father" and 7 "Hail Mary's," repeated for each of the seven Sorrows. The difference from a regular rosary is that the "Glory Be" is notsaid at the end of each series of seven Hail Mary's.

The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady:
  • Simeon's Prophecy
  • The Flight Into Egypt
  • The Losing and Finding of Jesus in the Temple
  • The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on the way to Calvary
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • The Body of Jesus is removed from the Cross and laid in His Mother's arms
  • The Burial of Jesus

Saying the Chaplet
Before beginning the Chaplet, pray:

My God, I offer You this rosary for Your glory, so I may honor Your holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, and 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.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

Begin with the first Sorrow on the center medal or bead: "Simeon's Prophecy". Then pray one "Our Father", followed by seven "Hail Mary's". At the next medal, announce the second Sorrow (the flight into Egypt), and the "Our Father". Note that the "Glory Be" is not recited at the end of each set of Hail Mary's - just announce the next Sorrow. At the end of the Chaplet, pray the Sorrowful Mother prayer, below.

Seven Sorrows Chaplet

The prayer to our Sorrowful Mother is said at the conclusion of the Chaplet:

V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy Passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

Conclude the Chaplet with three (3) Hail Mary's, for the tears shed by our Sorrowful Mother.

If you are using a traditional rosary to pray the Chaplet, remember to count only seven Hail Mary's; you will also have to "go around" and pray 2 additional series of seven beads to complete the Chaplet, as a rosary has only 5 decades. Using a safety pin or small medal to mark the end of one set of seven Hail Mary's is a convenient way to know where to stop when using a regular rosary.

Praying the Chaplet on a regular basis is a wonderful way to find comfort in the sorrows of our own lives. Like her Son, Mary experienced the same things we do in our daily lives, and meditation on her Sorrows reminds us that our heavenly Mother understands our pain and waits to comfort us.

From St. Bridget we also have the seven promises Our Lady has given to those who will daily pray her Sorrows and promote its devotion:
  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 from my Divine Son that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors (sorrows), 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.
We encourage you to contact us with your own prayer requests, that we may pray with you.

Interested in learning more about the Community, or in finding a Chapter near you? Visit our FAQ's or Chapter page. If you wish to purchase a chaplet from the Community, please visit our Chaplets web site.

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