The Sorrowful Mysteries

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Introductory Prayers


The Apostlesí Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.Amen.


The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.


The First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony In The Garden

Jesus went out and made his way, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; his disciples accompanied him.  On reaching the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not be put to the test."  He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, then went down on his knees and prayed in these words: "Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done." 

An angel then appeared to him from heaven to strengthen him.  In his anguish he prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.  Then he rose from prayer and came to his disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief.  He said to them, "Why are you sleeping?  Wake up, and pray that you may not be subjected to the trial."                                                     

Recite one Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be To Father...



The Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar

Now on the occasion of a festival he would release for them one prisoner-any man they asked for.  There was a prisoner named Barabbas jailed along with the rebels who had committed murder in the uprising.  When the crowd came up to press their demand that he honor the custom, Pilate rejoined, "Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you?"  He was aware, of course, that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests incited the crowd to have him release Barabbas instead. 

Pilate again asked them, "What am I to do with the man you call the king of the Jews?"  They shouted back, "Crucify him!" Pilate protested, "Why?  What crime has he committed?"  They only shouted the louder, "Crucify him!"  So Pilate, who wished to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them, and after he had had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.

Recite one Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, and One Glory Be To The Father...


The Third Sorrowful Mystery

The Crowning with Thorns

Pilate's next move was to take Jesus and have him scourged.  The soldiers then wove a crown of thorns and fixed it on his head, throwing around his shoulders a cloak of royal purple.  Repeatedly they came up to him and said, "All hail, King of the Jews!", slapping his face as they did so.

Pilate went out a second time and 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)."  When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak, Pilate said them, "Look at the man!"  As soon as the chief priests and the temple police saw him they shouted, "Crucify him!  Crucify him!"  Pilate said, "Take him and crucify him yourselves; I find no case against him."  "We have our law," the Jews responded, "and according to that law he must die because he made himself God's Son."  When Pilate heard this kind of talk, he was more afraid than ever.

Recite one Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be To The Father...



The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus Carries The Cross

Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgatha).  There they crucified him, and two others with him: one on either side, Jesus in the middle. 

Pilate had an inscription placed on the cross which read, "Jesus The Nazorean, The King Of The Jews.  This inscription, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, was read by many of the Jews, since the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. 

The chief priests of the Jews tried to tell Pilate, "You should not have written, 'The King of the Jews.' Write instead, "This man claimed to be king of the Hews.'"  Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

Recite one Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be To The Father...


The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

Near the cross of Jesus there stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, "Woman, there is your son."  In turn he said to the disciple, "There is your mother."  From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his care.

After that, Jesus, realizing that everything was now finished, said to fulfill the Scripture, "I am thirsty."  There was a jar there, full of common wine.  They stuck a sponge soaked in this wine on some hyssop and raised it to his lips.  When Jesus took the wine, he said, "Now it is finished."  Then he bowed his head, and delivered over his spirit.

Recite one Our Father, Ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be To The Father...


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