THE
SORROWFUL
MYSTERIES


1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN
Jesus prayed with great intensity and anguish over His impending death. His agony, perhaps, was an inner one; a distress and sadness that the death He was about to undergo, would be suffered in vain for many. Like Jesus, we also face crucial decisions, stress and difficulty, and pain in our daily lives. In our trials and misery, will we be loyal? If we can kneel with Jesus in His agony, He will be there in ours.
Prayer Intention
Let us pray for all those who suffer, physically, and emotionally; all those who are spiritually ill. Let us pray that their agony can be united with that of Jesus, and not lost through despair or resentment. We pray that Mary; The Comforter of the Afflicted, might assist in laying the needs of the suffering before her Son.

Our Father...

1. Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemani; and He began to experience sorrow and distress.  (Mt. 26:36-37)
    Hail Mary....

2. Then He said to them, "My heart is nearly broken with sorrow. Remain here and stay awake with Me."  (Mt.26:38)
    Hail Mary....

3. He withdrew from them and knelt down and prayed.  (Lk. 22:41)
    Hail Mary....

4. Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Still, let it be as you would have it, not as I.  (Mt. 26:39)
    Hail Mary....

5. When He returned to His disciples, He found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not stay awake with me for even an hour? Be on guard and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but nature is weak."  (Mt. 26:40-42)
   Hail Mary....

6. In His anguish, He prayed more earnestly. An angel appeared to Him, coming from Heaven to give Him strength.  (Lk. 22:44-43)
   Hail Mary....

7. The hour is on us when the Son of Man is to be handed over to the power of evil men. (Mt. 26:45)
   Hail Mary....

8. While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived accompanied by a great crowd with swords and clubs.  (Mt. 26, 47)
    Hail Mary....

9. He immediately went over to Jesus, said to him, "Peace, Rabbi", and embraced Him.  (Mt. 26:49)
    Hail Mary....

10. Jesus answered, "Friend, do what you are here for". At that moment they stepped forward to lay hands on Jesus and arrested Him.  (Mt. 26:50)
     Hail Mary....

Glory, be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins ....
Suggested Hymn:
(I Have Loved You With an Everlasting Love)
 

2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR
Pilate, disturbed at the meek majesty of his prisoner, had him scourged at the pillar; though he could not find any fault in him. Perhaps he simply resented the fact that
Jesus had no use for this world, Pilate's world, and spoke so overwhelmingly for the next world. Which way do we view this world? Are we willing to give all, only for this life? Or can we offer and accept our suffering as a sacrifice to God, as Jesus offered His life for us?
Prayer Intention
Let us offer this decade in thanksgiving for the sacrifices made by Our Lord for the love of us. Pray also, in reparation for all the sins of the world inflicted upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the indifference to His Mother.

Our Father...

1. As soon as it was daybreak, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate interrogated him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"  (Mk. 15:1-2)
   Hail Mary....

2. Jesus answered, "My Kingdom does not belong to this world". At this, Pilate said to Him, "So then you are a King?" Jesus replied, "It is you who say I am a King. The reason I was born, the reason why I came into the world is to testify to the truth. Anyone committed to the truth, hears my voice."  (John 18:36-37)
   Hail Mary....

3. This much only will I say, "From now on, the Son of Man will have his seat at the right hand of the Power of God". (Lk. 22.69)
   Hail Mary....

4. "So you are the Son of God?" they asked in chorus; He answered, "It is you who say that I am." (Lk. 22:70)
   Hail Mary....

5. Pilate's next move was to take Jesus and have Him scourged. (John 19:1)
    Hail Mary....

6. Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows.  (Is.53:3)
   Hail Mary....

7. And yet, ours were the sufferings He bore. (Is. 53:4)
    Hail Mary....

8. He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. (Is. 53:5)
    Hail Mary....

9. They blindfolded Him, slapped Him and then taunted Him. (Lk. 23:64)
     Hail Mary....

10. And after he had Jesus scourged, Pilate handed Him over to be crucified. (Mk. 15:15)
      Hail Mary....

Glory be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
Suggested Hymn: (Sweet Sacrament We Thee Adore)
 
 

3. THE CROWNING OF THORNS
The coronation, offered to Jesus by the world, was a crown of thorns. How do we crown Him now? Do we deny Him, or simply show indifference? Do we truly seek Him out? The mockery of this pain inflicting crowning, asks us how we crown Our Saviour.
Prayer Intention
Let us offer this decade for all people who suffer under oppression and persecution. Those who suffer humiliation and rejection. And we pray in reparation to God for the sins of the world, the thorns of the crown.

Our Father...

1. The soldiers now led Jesus away into the hall known as the Praetorium; at the time they assembled the whole cohort. (Mk. 15:16)
   Hail Mary....

2. They dressed Him in royal purple, then wove a crown of thorns and put it on Him. (Mk. 15:17)
    Hail Mary....

3. They began to salute Him, All hail! King of the Jews (Mk. 15:18)
    Hail Mary...

4. Continually striking Jesus on the head with a reed and spitting at Him, they genuflected before Him and pretended to pay Him homage (Mk. 15:19)
    Hail Mary...

5. Pilate said to the crowd,  "Observe what I do. I am going to bring Him out to you to make you realize that I find no case against Him." (John 19:4)
   Hail Mary...

6. When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak, Pilate said to them, "Look at the Man!" (John 19:5)
    Hail Mary...

7. As soon as the chief priests and the temple guards saw Him they shouted, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him"  (Jn. 19:6)
   Hail Mary...

8. "Why, what crime has He committed?" asked Pilate.  They only shouted the louder, "Crucify Him!"  (Mk15:14)
   Hail Mary...

9. Pilate said to the Jews, "Look at your King." (Jn 19:14)
     Hail Mary...

10. In the end, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified (Jn. 19:16)
       Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins.....
Suggested Hymn: (Lay Your Hands)
 
 

4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS
The Son of God carries the instrument of His death to the hill of Calvary. Jesus' carrying of the cross was fulfillment of His earlier words, Let all who would believe in me, take up their cross and follow me. A cross he didn't have to carry. Neither do we, unless we choose Jesus over Satan and sin. Mary, His Mother states that through the cross, God is being glorified in every person
Do not be afraid to carry it. My Son is with you and he will help you. Let us find, through the steps to Calvary; the roadway of our own lives.
Prayer Intention
Let us pray for the suffering, the lonely, the homeless. Let us ask Jesus to give special meaning to the crosses they carry.

Our Father...

1. When they had finished making a fool of Him, they stripped Jesus of the cloak, dressed Him in His own clothes, and led Him off to the crucifixion. (Mt. 27:31)
     Hail Mary...

2. On their way out they met a Cyrenian named Simeon. This man they pressed into service to carry the cross. (Mt. 27:32)
     Hail Mary...

3. A great crowd of people followed Him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over Him. (Lk. 23:27)
    Hail Mary...

4. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children." (Luke 23:28)
   Hail Mary....

5. Two others who were criminals were led along with Him to be crucified. (Lk.23:32)
   Hail Mary...

6. Upon arriving at a site called Golgotha, (a name which means Skull Place), they gave Him a drink of wine flavored with gall, which He tasted but refused to drink.  (Mt. 27:33-34)
    Hail Mary...

7. When they had crucified Him, they divided His clothes among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over Him. (Mt. 27:35-36)
    Hail Mary...

8. Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self. (Lk. 9:23)
    Hail Mary...

9. He must take up his cross each day and follow in my steps. (Lk. 9:23)
     Hail Mary...

10. Whoever would save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it. (Lk. 9:24)
     Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
Suggested Hymn: (Oh Lord I am Not Worthy)
 

5. THE CRUCIFIXION
Jesus died on the cross. With it came our redemption, our salvation. Before His final breath, He gave the world His Mother, and gave her a role in the salvation of all mankind by making us all, her children. Just as she was there, at the foot of the cross, she asks us to pray at the foot of the cross. Our forgiveness is there.  Great graces are there. Love the cross. In this meditation, is our salvation.
Prayer Intention
Let us pray for forgiveness and as Jesus forgave on the cross, let us pray for the grace to forgive others. Let us give all our past pain to Jesus. It is why He is on the cross.

Our Father...

1. Jesus said, Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. (Lk. 23:34)
    Hail Mary...

2. One of the criminals said, "Jesus, remember me You enter upon Your reign". And Jesus replied, "I say unto you; this day you will be with Me in paradise."  (Lk 23:42-43)
     Hail Mary...

3. Seeing His Mother there with the disciple whom He loved, Jesus said to His Mother, "Woman, there is your son." (Jn. 19:26)
    Hail Mary...

4. In turn, He said to the disciple, "There is your Mother."  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care. (Jn. 19:27)
    Hail Mary....

5. Then toward midafternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud tone, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Mt. 27:46)
    Hail Mary....

6. Jesus realizing that everything was now finished, said to fulfill the Scriptures, "I am thirsty." There was a jar there, full of common wine They stuck a sponge soaked in this wine on a stick, and raised it to His lips. (Jn. 19:28)
    Hail Mary....

7. When Jesus took the wine, He said, "Now it is finished." (Jn. 19:30)
     Hail Mary....

8. Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father; into Your hands I commend My spirit". After He said this, He expired. (Lk. 23:46)
   Hail Mary....

9. Darkness came over the whole land until midafternoon with an eclipse of the sun. The curtain in the sanctuary was torn in two. (Lk. 23:44-45)
    Hail Mary....

10. They took Jesus' body, and in accordance with Jewish burial custom, bound it up in wrappings of cloth with perfumed oils. (Jn. 19:40)
   Hail Mary....

Glory be to the Father...
0 My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
Suggested Hymn: (Were You There)
 

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