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Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
Raising the Cross - Sabastiano Mazzoni -1600's

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary is a collection of decades, or stories, in the life of Jesus and Mary his mother according to the scriptures.  They include the Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying the Cross, and the Crucifixion. The Rosary was given to St. Dominic in the year 1214, according to St. Louis de Montfort, by the Virgin Mary herself.

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    Rosary Guides

    Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

    Opening Prayers

    Our Request

    O My Dearest Mother Mary, behold me your child in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I humbly request in This Rosary.   

    (Mention your request)  

    I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. I ask it for the greater glory, of GOD, for your honor, and the good of all Souls. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused.  I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek GOD’s Holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. Sweet heart of Mary be my Salvation, Amen.

    In the Name of the Father

    In the Name Of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.  (As you say this, with your right hand touch your forehead when you say Father, touch your breastbone when you say Son, touch your left shoulder when you say Holy, and touch your right shoulder when you say Spirit.)

    Apostles Creed

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.

    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    Five Decades

    Agony in the Garden

    The Agony in the Garden - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane - Paolo Veronese - 1583-1584
    Scripture
    Luke 22: 39-46

    And going out, he went, according to his custom, to the mount of Olives. And his disciples also followed him.

    And when he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

    And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’s cast; and kneeling down, he prayed, Saying: Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done.

    And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer.

    And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.

    And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow.

    And he said to them: Why sleep you? arise, pray, lest you enter into temptation.

    Decade Prayers
    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Repeat 10 Times

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    Sourging at the Pillar

    The Scourging at the Pillar - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Christ Before Pilate -Jacopo Tintoretto - 1556-1557
    Scripture
    Matthew 27: 11-26
    Jesus Before Pilate

    And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, saying: Art thou the king of the Jews? Jesus saith to him: Thou sayest it.

    And when he was accused by the chief priests and ancients, he answered nothing.

    Then Pilate saith to him: Dost not thou hear how great testimonies they allege against thee?

    And he answered him to never a word; so that the governor wondered exceedingly.

    Now upon the solemn day the governor was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whom they would.

    And he had then a notorious prisoner, that was called Barabbas.

    They therefore being gathered together, Pilate said: Whom will you that I release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus that is called Christ?

    For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

    And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

    But the chief priests and ancients persuaded the people, that they should ask for Barabbas, and take Jesus away.

    And the governor answering, said to them: Whether will you of the two to be released unto you? But they said, Barabbas.

    Pilate saith to them: What shall I do then with Jesus that is called Christ? They say all: Let him be crucified.

    The governor said to them: Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying: Let him be crucified.

    And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it.

    And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our children.

    Then he released to them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him unto them to be crucified.

    The Magnificat
    Decade Prayers
    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Repeat 10 Times

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    Crowning with Thorns

    The Crowning with Thorns - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    The Mocking of Christ - Gerard van Honthorst - 1616 - 1617
    Scripture
    Matthew 27:27-31
    The Birth of Jesus

    Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band;

    And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him.

    And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews.

    And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.

    And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him.

    Decade Prayers
    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Repeat 10 Times

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    Carrying the Cross

    The Carrying of the Cross - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Carrying the Cross - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - 1738
    Scripture
    Luke 23: 26-33
    Jesus Presented in the Temple

    And as they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country; and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus.

    And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him.

    But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

    For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck.

    Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us.

    For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?

    And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death.

    And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified him there; and the robbers, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

    Decade Prayers
    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Repeat 10 Times

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    The Crucifixion

    The Crucifixion of Christ - Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Crucifixion - Cornelis Massijs - 1600-1650
    Scripture
    John 19: 25-27

    Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen.

    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. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

    Decade Prayers
    Our Father

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

    Hail Mary

    Repeat 10 Times

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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.

    Glory Be To The Father

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.  Amen.

    Closing Prayers

    The Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)

    Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    In The Name Of The Father

    In the Name Of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.  (As you say this, with your right hand touch your forehead when you say Father, touch your breastbone when you say Son, touch your left shoulder when you say Holy, and touch your right shoulder when you say Spirit.)

    O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord   Amen.

    Fatima Prayer #2

    “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.”

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    Instruction

    If you are using the liturgical form of the Rosary, read all of the scriptures.

    If you are new to the Rosary, you can visit our page, How to Pray the Rosary to get an explanation of the structure of this powerful prayer.

    Perform this prayer at the beginning of your day.  There is no time for it to have any effect if it is said after all of the day’s events are over. 

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