Rosary Novena: The Sorrowful Mysteries

Prayer before the Recitation.

In the Name of the Father,
And the Son,
And the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Say the Hail Mary…

[Is this Novena in Petition or in Thanksgiving?
Choose the appropriate prayer below.]

In Petition.

Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
my Mother Mary, hail!
At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee
a Crown of Roses,
snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys,
each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery;
each ten bound together with my petition
for a particular grace.

O Holy Queen,
dispenser of God’s graces,
and Mother of all who invoke thee!
Thou cannot look upon my gift
and fail to see its binding.
As thou receive my gift,
so wilt thou receive my petition;
from thy bounty thou wilt give me
the favor I so earnestly seek.

I despair of nothing that I ask of thee.
Show thyself my Mother!

In Thanksgiving.

Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
my Mother Mary, hail!
At thy feet I gratefully kneel to offer thee
a Crown of Roses,
snow white buds to remind thee of thys joys,
each bud recalling to thee a holy mystery;
each ten bound together with my petition
for a particular grace.

O Holy Queen,
dispenser of God’s graces,
and Mother of all who invoke thee!
Thou cannot look upon my gift
and fail to see its binding.
As thou receive my gift,
so wilt thou receive my thanksgiving;
from thy bounty thou wilt given me
the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought.

I despair not of what I asked of thee,
and thou hast truly shown thyself my Mother.

Say the Creed…

Say the Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

THE FIRST SORROWFUL MYSTERY

The Agony in the Garden of Olives

O most sorrowful Mother Mary,
meditating on the Mystery of the Agony
of Our Lord in the Garden,
when, in the grotto of the Garden of Olives,
Jesus saw the sins of the world
unfolded before Him by Satan,
who sought to dissuade Him from the sacrifice
He was about to make;
when, His soul shrinking from the sight,
and His Precious Blood flowing from every pore
at the vision of the torture and death
He was to undergo,
thy own sufferings, dear Mother,
the future sufferings of His Church,
and His Own sufferings in the Blessed Sacrament,
He cried in anguish,” Abba! Father!
if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me!”
But immediately resigning Himself to His Father’s will,
He prayed, “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt!”

I humbly pray:

Say the Our Father…

Say 10 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

I bind these blood-red roses with a petition
for the virtue of RESIGNATION TO THE WILL OF GOD
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE SECOND SORROWFUL MYSTERY

The Scourging at the Pillar.

O most sorrowful Mother Mary,
meditating on the Mystery of the Scourging of the Lord,
when, at Pilate’s command,
thy Divine Son, stripped of His garments
and bound to a pillar,
was lacerated from head to foot
with cruel scourges
and His flesh torn away
until His mortified body could bear no more,

I humbly pray:

Say the Our Father…

Say 10 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

I bind these blood-red roses with a petition
for the virtue of MORTIFICATION OF THE SENSES
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE THIRD SORROWFUL MYSTERY

The Crowning with Thorns.

O most sorrowful Mother Mary,
meditating on the Mystery of the Crowning of Our Lord with Thorns,
when, the soldiers, binding about His head
a crown of sharp thorns,
showered blows upon it,
driving the thorns deeply into His head;
then in mock adoration,
knelt before Him, crying,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”

I humbly pray

Say the Our Father…

Say 10 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

I bind these blood-red roses with a petition
for the virtue of HUMILITY (MORTIFICATION OF PRIDE)
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY

The Carrying of the Cross.

O most sorrowful Mother Mary,
meditating on the Mystery of the Carrying of the Cross,
when, with the heavy wood of the Cross upon His shoulders,
thy Divine Son was dragged,
weak and suffering, yet patient,
through the streets,
amidst the revilements of the people, to Calvary;
falling often, but urged along
by cruel blows of His executioners,

I humbly pray

Say the Our Father…

Say 10 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

I bind these blood-red roses with a petition
for the virtue of PATIENCE IN ADVERSITY
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

THE FIFTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY

The Crucifixion.

O most sorrowful Mother Mary,
meditating on the Mystery of the Crucifixion,
when, having been stripped of His garments,
thy Divine Son was nailed to the Cross,
upon which He died after three hours of indescribable agony,
during which time
He begged from His Father forgiveness for His enemies,

I humbly pray

Say the Our Father…

Say 10 Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

I bind these blood-red roses with a petition
for the virtue of LOVE OF OUR ENEMIES
and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, really present
in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
since I cannot now receive Thee
under the sacramental veil,
I beseech Thee,
with a heart full of love
and longing to come spiritually
into my soul through the Immacuilate Heart
of Thy most holy Mother,
and abide with me forever;
Thou in me, and I in Thee,
in time and in eternity, in Mary.

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!

Amen.

In Petition

Sweet Mother Mary,
I offer thee this Spiritual Communion
to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow.
O my Mother!
Look with favor upon my gift,
and in thy love obtain for me

(specify request)

Say the Hail Mary…

In Thanksgiving

Sweet Mother Mary,
I offer thee this Spiritual Communion
to bind my bouquets in a wreath
to place upon they brow in thanksgiving for

(specify request)

which thou in thy love hast obtained for me.
Say the Hail Mary…

PRAYER

O God!
Whose only-begotten Son, by His Life,
Death, and Resurrection,
has purchased for us the reward of eternal life;
grant, we beseech Thee, that,
meditating upon these mysteries
of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise.
Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the Divine assistance remain always with us.

Amen.

And may the Souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.

Holy Virgin, with thy loving Child,
thy blessing give to us this day (night).

In the name of the Father,
and the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost.

Amen.