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7 Promises of the Devotion

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”
2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”
3. “I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.”
4. “I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.”
5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”
6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death—they will see the face of their mother.”
7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and sorrows.
1. The proph…
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As Revealed to St. Bridget

Mary, the Mother of God spoke to the bride of Christ and said: “My daughter, consider the suffering of my Son, for his limbs were like my own limbs and his heart like my own heart. For just as other children use to be carried in the womb of their mother, so was he in me. But he was conceived through the burning charity of God’s love. Others, however are conceived through the lust of the flesh. Thus, John the evangelist, his cousin, rightly says: ‘The Word was made flesh.’ He came through love and was in me. The Word and love created him in me. He was truly for me like my own heart. For when I gave birth to him, I felt as though half my heart was born and went out of me. And when he endured suffering, it felt like my own heart was suffering. Just as when something is half inside and half outside - the half outside feels pain and suffering, but the inside also feels a similar pain - so it was for me when my Son was scourged and wounded; it was as if my own heart was scourged and wounded…

Unending Sorrow

Mary stood by Jesus for hours during His agony on the cross before His death, but what seemed to be short hours seemed like an eternity of torment and pain.  Such is our pain at times.  We wonder when it will ever end.  Will they ever end?  Our Mother knows our suffering because she, too, suffered beneath the cross for those seemingly unending hours of agony before her Son's death.

A Different Culture

How difficult it is to live in another culture!  You don't know much of the language or the customs and traditions.  You don't know whether you can find a new job.  You may find that you have to relearn almost everything including the food you eat or the clothes you wear.  You have to adapt to the climate and the laws.  You have to learn to understand the people living there.

This becomes even more difficult when you have a child.  You worry how the child will adapt in that new place.  You wonder how he will grow up there.  This is especially true if you live amongst a people that does not recognize your faith.

Let us take to heart all the difficulties of families fleeing to another culture as we reflect upon the second sorrow of Mary, her flight to Egypt!

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek …

Knowing the Future

"Joseph and his mother were marvelling at the things which were spoken concerning him,and Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” -Luke 2:33-35, WEB

We often get anxious of the future even without knowing what's in store for us.  How much more worried should we have been had we known something really difficult or terrifying is going to happen?

When Simeon prophesied to Mary, how must she have felt that her beloved child will be a "sign which is spoken against"?  And what does it mean that a sword shall pierce also her soul?

Every mother only wants the best future for her child.  The more she loves her child, the more she would want his good, and the more her concern shall be for all his troubles.

Mary understands the concern of every mother…

Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Similar to praying the Rosary but instead of meditating upon the mysteries of the rosary, we meditate upon the seven sorrows of Mary. Also, instead of 10 beads per mystery, we have 7 beads per sorrow. This Chaplet can be prayed entirely for one day or one sorrow can be meditated upon per day. Begin by reciting the ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen. V. O God, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be... Announce the Sorrow
1. St. Simeon’s Prophecy
2. The Flight into Egypt
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple
4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus on the Way to Calvary
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus, and…

4 Graces Promised

According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori (The Glories of Mary) it was revealed to Saint Elizabeth that at the request of Our Lady, Our Lord promised 4 principal graces to those devoted to Her Sorrows: 1. That those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins; 2. That He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death; 3. That He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion; 4. That He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary’s hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires. The above are in addition to the 7 Promises attached to the devotion as revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden for praying the 7 Hail Mary's while meditation on Our Lady's Tears and Sorrows.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorósa
juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
dum pendébat Fílius. Cuius ánimam geméntem,
contristátam et doléntem
pertransívit gládius. O quam tristis et afflícta
fuit illa benedícta,
mater Unigéniti! Quae mœrébat et dolébat,
pia Mater, dum vidébat
nati pœnas ínclyti. Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si vidéret
in tanto supplício? Quis non posset contristári
Christi Matrem contemplári
doléntem cum Fílio? Pro peccátis suæ gentis
vidit Iésum in torméntis,
et flagéllis súbditum. Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriéndo desolátum,
dum emísit spíritum. Eia, Mater, fons amóris
me sentíre vim dolóris
fac, ut tecum lúgeam. Fac, ut árdeat cor meum
in amándo Christum Deum
ut sibi compláceam. Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifíxi fige plagas
cordi meo válide. Tui Nati vulneráti,
tam dignáti pro me pati,
pœnas mecum dívide. Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifíxo condolére,
donec ego víxero. Juxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociáre
in planctu desídero. Virgo vírginum præclára,
mihi…