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The Sorrowful Mysteries Of The Rosary

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Sorrowful Mysteries are usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays, and may be said on the Sundays of Lent in place of the Glorious Mysteries.

The rosary should be a prayerful experience. To help you in your meditation, a point to meditate is provided for each bead of the decade on which the “Hail Mary” is prayed.

The Agony in the Garden

1. The Agony in the Garden Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane to pray. “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt 26:36-46)

  1. Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: “Stay here, while I go yonder and pray.”

  2. Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, “My soul is sorrowful unto death.”

  3. Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.

  4. He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.

  5. So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.

  6. An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.

  7. “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.”

  8. Finding the disciples asleep: “Could you not watch one hour with me?”

  9. Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.

  10. Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The Scourging at the Pillar

2. The Scourging at the Pillar The chief priests with the elders and the scribes held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, had Jesus scourged and handed him over to be crucified. (Mk 15:1-16)

  1. Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.

  2. The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.

  3. The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.

  4. Pilate can “find no cause in Him”, yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.

  5. The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.

  6. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.

  7. The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.

  8. Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.

  9. The prophesy of Isiah is fulfilled: “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins.”

  10. Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The Crowning with Thorns

3. The Crowning with Thorns They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mt 27:27-31)

  1. Pilate asks, “Are You a king?” Jesus answers: “I am a King, but My kingdom is not of this world.”

  2. In the praetorium, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.

  3. They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.

  4. In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship.

  5. Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: “Hail, King of the Jews!”

  6. Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.

  7. Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: “Behold the man!”

  8. Their response: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

  9. Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.

  10. Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The Carrying of the Cross

4. The Carrying of the Cross Jesus, weak from being beaten, was unable to carry His cross to Golgotha alone. Simon, a Cyrenian, helped him. (Mk 15:20-22)

  1. One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.

  2. The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.

  3. Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.

  4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.

  5. The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.

  6. Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.

  7. Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simeon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.

  8. Jesus speaks to weeping women; “Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children.”

  9. “If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me.”

  10. Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The Crucifixion

5. The Crucifixion When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Lk 23:33-46)

  1. The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.

  2. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

  3. “This day you will be with Me in paradise.”

  4. “Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your Mother.”

  5. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

  6. “I thirst.”

  7. “It is finished.”

  8. “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”

  9. The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.

  10. Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

How To Pray The Rosary

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