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Prayers and Devotions To The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Via Matris

Its Meaning and Origin

Devotion to the Mother of Sorrows is as old as the Cross. From the throne of the Cross, the Savior focused the world's attention on His Mother: "Behold Thy Mother!" The Via Crucis and the Via Matris are closely associated. Christ prophesied: "And, if I be lifted up will draw all unto myself." His Mother, standing at the foot of the Cross also draws all unto herself. To each devotion, the Way of the Cross and the Way of the Mother, the Church equally applies a plenary indulgence. No argument as to which is greater or more fruitful. Both center on the same subject, but one as seen through the eyes of His Mother. God-inspired Simeon in the temple prophesied about the Child Jesus and laid the direct biblical foundation for the Via Matris, encouraging Christians to contemplate Mary in her sorrows. "And Simeon blessed them and said to May His Mother: 'Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'" The reason Simeon gave was not founded on the fact that Mary was Immaculate or the Mother of Jesus, not that she was to be Queen of heaven and earth, but specifically as a tender object of meditation for all future ages "that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

The Via Matris, depicting the seven main sorrows of Mary is set up in churches and chapels that Christians may mediate, be inspired, and be encouraged while dwelling on Mary's sword-pierced heart. In more recent times, at Fatima, when Our Lady asked for meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary as one "request" which will bring about the conversion of Russia, and peace, one of the children, now Sister Lucy, answered the difficulty of laymen meditating on a given subject: "It is very easy! Who, for example, cannot think of the sufferings of Our Lord and the Sorrows of Our Lady who stood near the Cross of Jesus on Calvary? Who cannot spend fifteen minutes near the most tender of Mothers and reflect on these thoughts?" Note well! Sister Lucy, like Simeon, spoke of the sufferings of Jesus and the Sorrows of Our Lady as one, all a part of Calvary.

Like the Via Crucis, the history and origin of the Via Matris lie buried in the obscurity of the Middle Ages. The Franciscans initiated the Way of the Cross, and the Servants of Mary (Servites), founded like the Franciscans in the 13th century, brought the Way of the Mother in its present form before the public. Although the devotion was practiced for centuries in Servite churches, it was not until 1937 when the Sorrowful Mother Novena was established that the devotion became popular in the U.S. 


The Via Matris

I. The Prophecy of Simeon

Reflect on the sorrow of Our Blessed Lady, when She presented Her Divine Child in the temple and heard from the aged Simeon that a sword of grief should pierce Her soul.

II. The Flight into Egypt

Reflect on Her sorrow when, to escape the cruelty of King Herod, She was forced to fly into Egypt with St. Joseph and Her beloved Child, and pray for those who kill the children today by abortion.

III. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple

Reflect on Her grief when, in returning from Jerusalem, She found that She had lost Her dear Jesus, Whom She sought sorrowing for three days.

IV. Mary meets Jesus on the Way

Reflect on Her meeting Her Divine Son, all bruised and bleeding, carrying His Cross to Calvary, and seeing Him fall under its heavy weight.

V. Jesus Dies on the Cross

Reflect on Her standing by, when Her Divine Son was lifted up on the Cross and the blood flowed in streams from His Sacred Wounds.

VI. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus

Reflect on Her sorrow, when Her Divine Son was taken down from the Cross, and placed in Her arms.

VII. Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Reflect on Her following His Sacred Body as it was borne by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus to the sepulcher.


After meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, recite three Hail Mary's in honor of Our Blessed Lady's tears.

Honoring Her 7 Sorrows

Hail, Mary, full of sorrows, the Crucified is with thee; tearful art thou amongst women, and tearful is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of the Crucified, give tears to us, crucifiers of thy Son, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of Sorrows, I beseech thee, by the bitter agony thou didst endure at the foot of the Cross, offer to the Eternal Father, in my name, thy Beloved Son, Jesus, all covered with Blood and Wounds, in satisfaction for my sins, for the needs of Holy Church, the conversion of sinners, the relief of the souls in Purgatory, and for the special grace I now implore. (mention your request)

Prayers in Honor of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary

O God, come to my assistance:

O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father...

As it was in the beginning ...

1.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.

Hail Mary...

2.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and you sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.

Hail Mary...

3.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the loss of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.

Hail Mary...

4.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.

Hail Mary...

5.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.

Hail Mary...

6.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.

Hail Mary...

7.  I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.

Hail Mary...

Let Us Pray

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of You bitter Passion. Through You, O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

 
 

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