THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
PRAYERS OF THE ROSARY
of The Cross:
Make the Sign of The Cross: In the Name of The Father, of The
Son, and of The Holy Sprit, Amen.(back on top)
I BELIEVE in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and
earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered
under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the
dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge
the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the
Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Amen.(back on top)
OUR FATHER, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as
we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.(back
HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art
thou among 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.(back on top)
GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.(back on top)
O MY JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of
Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are
in most need of Thy mercy.(back on top)
HAIL, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness
and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of
Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement,
O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, o Holy Mother
of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.(back on top)
Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son,
by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us
the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that
meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain
and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our
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The Agony in the Garden.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane,
and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray
yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee,
and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto
them: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death:
tarry ye here, and watch with me". And he went a little
farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying: "O my
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless
not as I will, but as thou wilt". (Mat 26,36-39). And being
in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it
were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luk 22,44)
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Scourging at Pillar
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders
of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered
him to Pontius Pilate the governor. And Jesus stood before the
governor: and the governor asked him, saying: "Art thou
the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him: "Thou
sayest". And when he was accused of the chief priests and
elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him:"
Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?"
And he answered him to never a word Pilate saith unto them:
"What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?"
They all say unto him: "Let him be crucified!" And
the governor said:" Why, what evil hath he done?"
But they cried out the more, saying: "Let him be crucified!"
(Mat 27). And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released
Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged
him, to be crucified. (Mar 15,15)
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The Crowning with Thorns
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common
hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And
they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they
had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and
a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him,
and mocked him, saying:" Hail, King of the Jews!"
And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on
the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the
robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him
away to crucify him. (Mat 27,27-31)
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The Carrying of the Cross
And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian,
coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that
he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great
company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented
him. But Jesus turning unto them said: "Daughters of Jerusalem,
weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say,
Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the
paps which never gave suck". ... And there were also two
other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.. (Luk 23,26-32)
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Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's
sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When
Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by,
whom he loved, he saith unto his mother:" Woman, behold
thy son!" Then saith he to the disciple: "Behold thy
mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her unto
his own home. ( Joh 19,25-27)
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar¬≠tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
ST. BONIFACE (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.
ST. NORBERT (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.
ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.
BLESSED DIANA (1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.
ST. BARNABAS (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
ST. LEO III.
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.
ST. VITUS (303).
Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.
ST. BOTOLPH (680).
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi¬≠nally called Saint Botolphstown.
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.
ST. ROMUALD (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.
ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).
John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
St. William the Abbot (1142).
Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
Sts. John and Paul (362).
These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog¬≠matic truths of the Catholic Church.
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.
ST. LRENAEUS (202).
This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?