The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady is a special devotion of the Servites.
How to pray the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has a total of 58 beads and a medal of the first dolor. There is a total of 7 sets of 7 beads, with 3 additional beads and a crucifix. On each of the seven beads is prayed the "Hail Mary." On the separating beads is prayed the "Our Father." On the 3 additional beads is prayed the "Hail Mary" in remembrance of the tears of Mary that were shed because of the suffering of her Divine Son. These are said to obtain true sorrow for our sins.
The 7 groups of 7 Hail Mary's are recited in remembrance of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, namely:
1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
2. The flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the Child Jesus.
4. Mary meets Jesus carrying His Cross.
5. The crucifixion.
6. Mary receives the body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The body of Jesus is placed in the tomb.
After each set of seven beads is said the following prayer:
V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Lord Jesus, we now implore,
both for the present
and for the hour of our death,
the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother,
whose holy soul was pierced
at the time of Thy Passion by a sword of grief.
Grant us this favour,
O Saviour of the world,
Who livest and reignest
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.