First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony of Jesus at Gethsemane

Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me." And going a little farther, he threw himself to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want" (Mt 26:36-39).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother of Sorrows, your Son taught us by word and example the primacy of prayer in our life. When we are assailed by temptation and burdened with care, may we keep our gaze fixed on God who upholds us in all circumstances. Now and forever.



Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging of Jesus

Pilate asked them, "Why what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "crucify him!" So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified (Mk 15:14-15).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother Mary, instil in our hearts compassion towards the suffering humanity. Help us to do all in our power to eliminate violence and injustice, beginning today with those that surround us on a daily basis. Now and forever.



Third Sorrowful Mystery

The Crowning with Thorns

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlett robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head (Mt 27:27-30).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Holy Virgin of virgins, we pray that all of us may acknowledge more fully the Kingship of Christ over us. May He reign over our minds, wills, hearts and bodies so that we may offer ourselves to Him as a pleasing sacrifice. Now and forever.



Forth Sorrowful Mystery

The Carrying of the Cross to Calvary

Carrying the cross by himself, Jesus went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews" (Jn 19:17-19).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Virgin Most Afflicted, there are times in our life when the cross we are asked to carry seems too heavy. Pray for us that we may learn to bear it with dignity and in a manner that is more Christ-like. Now and forever.



Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Death of Jesus

When Jesus knew that all was finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sur wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his Spirit (Jn 19:28-30).

Our Father, 10 Hail Mary, Glory be

Mother of our Redeemer, your unshakable faith in the salvic plan of God enabled you to stand courageously at the foot of the cross of your dying Son. We pray for mothers whose sons and daughters are made to suffer for unjust causes. May their sufferings not make them bitter but faithful and fervent in the service of God. Now and forever.



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The Pauline Sisters. 2003. "Lets pray the Rosary"
Mumbai: St. Paul Press Training School.

(The Pauline Sisters. 2003: pg# 19-23)


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