This is the second in the series of “How Praying the Rosary Changed my Life.” Please click here for the background of how I was led to The Rosary, and also to learn about The Rosary and The Joyful Mysteries.
Today I will cover the Sorrowful Mysteries, which are prayed on Tuesday and Friday.
My prayer is that The Holy Spirit will open your heart to these great mysteries, and fill you with the love, joy, and peace of Our Lord, Jesus.
There are five meditations associated with the Sorrowful Mysteries. I will cover each one.
- Agony in the Garden Mark 14:32-46 Luke 22:41-44 (For true repentance of my sins) Dear Lord, how can I even begin to understand the agony that you endured, as you prayed to your Father in the garden? You knew exactly what was going to happen to you…that you were offering yourself as a perfect sacrifice in atonement for the sins that I have committed, am committing, and will commit in the future. You took my place. You also knew that you would be betrayed by some of those who were closest to you, and knew you would be hated, spat upon, tortured, blasphemed, humiliated, and ultimately crucified by those who did not understand The Truth. I am so much like your disciples, who could not even stay awake for one hour to keep watch. Judas betrayed you with a kiss. How many times do I declare my love for you, and then close my heart to your love, and to your presence in my life? How many times do I “fall asleep” when there is work to be done and people to love? How many times do I betray you by allowing my weakness and selfishness to come between us? Help me to understand that even you prayed that your Father would take the cup away…and the angels actually came to strengthen you in your suffering. Help me to remember that you are always with me…I am never alone. Help me to always come to you in prayer, with praise, thanksgiving and petitions, and always submitting myself to the Father’s will…not my own.
- Scourging at the Pillar Mark 15:1-15 (For a Spirit of Mortification) Lord, help me to face the hardships and suffering in my life as you did. You accepted your scourging with love and humility. You did not even utter one harsh word toward your tormenters. Please help me to understand and always remember…You suffered in my place, Lord. Thank you for the perfect love that you offered me through your sacrifice, and the love that you are still offering to me now. Help me to find you through the difficulties, pain and suffering that I experience day to day. Help me to accept them with joy…knowing that through the suffering I am closer to you.
- Crowning With Thorns Mark 15:16-19 (For Moral Courage) Lord it wasn’t enough that you were scourged; you were also mocked and blasphemed. Through it all, love and humility radiated from you. Help me to always be ready to stand for what is right in God’s eyes. When I am mocked or persecuted because of my love of you, I ask that you shower me with your mercy and grace so I can respond with love and humility.
- Carrying of the Cross Mt 27:31-32 (For the Virtue of Patience) Lord, the first thing that pops into my heard after reading this verse…is that Simon was forced to carry the cross. Am I so different from him? When I am sent crosses to bear, I am always looking for ways to alleviate my struggle, pain, and difficulty. It seems that I am sometimes forced to carry my crosses…and in the process I become closer to you, and my cross becomes a blessing. Help me to not only carry my own burdens willingly and lovingly, but also open my eyes to ways I can carry some of the burdens of those around me…lightening the pain and suffering of others so it is bearable for them. Help me to be a blessing to all those in need, that you place on my path.
- The Crucifixion Luke 23:34 Luke 23:45-46 (For the Grace of Final Perseverance) My dear Lord, You suffered and died in my place. Thank you for the love and mercy that stream from you. Thank you for loving me. When I am hurt or when evil surrounds me, help me to always ask God to forgive them, for they know not what they do. And please fill me with your grace, that I may say, in total faith, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
May your day be blessed in the love and light of Jesus, Our Lord. May your heart be touched through these Sorrowful Mysteries.
Please feel free to comment with any questions or thoughts.
Pray the Rosary A Saint Joseph Edition A wonderful little pamphlet.