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Our Lady of Seven Sorrows: the Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is depicted with seven daggers piercing her most pure and loving heart.

Saint Bridget of Sweden was made to know that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God (Mater Dei), would grant seven graces to those souls who daily honor her by meditating on the seven sorrows (tears and dolors) experienced by Our Lady during her life on earth.

Religious panel showing Adrien Isenbrant's depiction of the seven sorrows of Our Blessed Virgin Mother

The Seven Sorrows Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (The Gospel of St. Luke Chapter 2 verses 34-35): And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted (et benedixit illis Symeon et dixit ad Mariam matrem eius ecce positus est hic in ruinam et resurrectionem multorum in Israhel et in signum cui contradicetur). And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed (et tuam ipsius animam pertransiet gladius ut revelentur ex multis cordibus cogitationes). Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  2. The flight of the Holy Family into Egypt (The Gospel of St. Matthew Chapter 2 verses 13-14): And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him (qui cum recessissent ecce angelus Domini apparuit in somnis Ioseph dicens surge et accipe puerum et matrem eius et fuge in Aegyptum et esto ibi usque dum dicam tibi futurum est enim ut Herodes quaerat puerum ad perdendum eum).  Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod (qui consurgens accepit puerum et matrem eius nocte et recessit in Aegyptum). Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple (The Gospel of St. Luke chapter 2 verses 42-45):  And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast (et cum factus esset annorum duodecim ascendentibus illis in Hierosolymam secundum consuetudinem diei festi), And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not (consummatisque diebus cum redirent remansit puer Iesus in Hierusalem et non cognoverunt parentes eius). And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day’s journey and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance (existimantes autem illum esse in comitatu venerunt iter diei et requirebant eum inter cognatos et notos). And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him (et non invenientes regressi sunt in Hierusalem requirentes eum). Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  4. The meeting Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  6. Taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
  7. The Burial of Jesus: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst 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.
The Seven Graces promised by Our Blessed Mother for those who devoutly reflect and pray this ‘Devotion of the Seven Sorrows’ are as follows:
  1. She will grant peace to their families;
  2. She will enlighten them with respect to the divine mysteries;
  3. She will console them in their pains and accompany them in their works;
  4. She will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of her divine Son or the sanctification of their souls;
  5. She will defend them in the spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and she will protect them at every instant in their lives;
  6. She will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother; and
  7. She has obtained (This Grace) from her divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to her tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and she and her Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.