Rosary: the Sorrowful Mysteries

Introductory Prayers to each of the five sorrowful mysteries.

LG Sleiman

1. Prayer and Agony of our Lord Jesus in the Garden of Olives.

Lord Jesus, in your prayer and agony in the Garden, you suffered such anguish and pain that you sweated drops of blood upon the ground. In virtue of the love which moved you to suffer in this way, turn our hearts back to God, strengthen our resolve to love you, and unite us with the holy will of God.

2. The Scourging of our Lord Jesus at the Pillar.

Lord Jesus, heavenly Physician, you were wounded so that we may be healed (Isaiah 53:5). Hide us in your sacred wounds, especially the wound in your Sacred Heart, cover us in your Precious Blood, until we are healed, in body, soul, and spirit, until we blossom in every way under the light of your healing Love.

3. The Crowning with Thorns.

Lord Jesus, O King of eternal glory, you were crowned with thorns, as though no one recognised your Dignity, your selfless Love, your Royal Priesthood. But you submitted to this crown in order to set us free from pride, ignorance, and arrogance. Grant that, by your wounds, we may be healed.

4. The Way of the Cross.

Lord Jesus, as you carried your Cross to Calvary, you met with your holy Mother Mary on the way, with the gaze of Her loving eyes. In that mutual gaze, Her Immaculate Heart was completely open to you, and your Sacred Heart was completely open to Mary. Grant that all our troubles, trials, and temptations may be surrendered to the silent communion you shared with your holy Mother in that mutual gaze, and restore us to your holiness and your friendship.

5. The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, on the Cross you suffered your agony and your Sacred Death for our salvation. Grant that, at the foot of the Cross, we may surrender all our burdens, sins, and illnesses to you with unbounded confidence in your Divine Mercy, that you may save us, sanctify us, and restore us to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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