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The Sorrowful Mysteries

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The Sorrowful Mysteries

‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’ 

When we pray the Stations of the Cross, we are  journeying with Our Lord on the Via Dolorossa, from the Pavement up to Calvary and eventually to the tomb.   Although the Sorrowful Mysteries share the same itinerary, we don’t so much travel through them as enter into the mysteries of the Passion and remain there awhile.  Like the disciples in the garden, we watch and pray.

For Mary, the time spoken of by Simeon has come, when the sword of sorrow shall pierce her heart.  Imagine Mary following her Son’s progress towards Calvary.  Imagine how she felt as she saw her Son die on the cross.  ‘Sorrowful’ is an inadequate word, yet we believe that even then, Mary was not without Hope.  The angel had promised her ‘He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever‘.  She trusted then and she trusts now.  Her prayer at the annunciation remains unchanged, her hope undiminished: ‘Fiat, fiat’.  Mary hopes, she accepts, she trusts, she remains, she prays.  As we pray with her, we pray that we might have some share in those heroic virtues.

The sorrow of these mysteries is unparalleled, yet it is not meant to engulf us.  Let it rather evoke profound gratitude in us for this greatest love ever shown.  Let that gratitude remain with us as we watch and pray, becoming ever more aware of the love within the mysteries.  Yes, it’s love that suffers, love that hurts but it is Love that redeems and Love that saves.

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For specific meditations of the Sorrowful Mysteries, please see individual posts:

The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden

The Scourging at the Pillar

The Crowning with Thorns

The Carrying of the Cross

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