Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I've kept myself pretty busy lately, but at night I will put my computer on the counter, put on Real Catholic TV (that's also a good way of getting Paul to come downstairs and take a break from working on his papers) and work on rosaries and jewelry for my shop. Unfortunately, I haven't taken much time to post the new items I've made, so there are several dozen sitting around waiting to be photographed and added online.

As a result I'm resolving to post one item every day. Here's today's post, an amethyst Seven Sorrows Rosary. I am on a bit of an amethyst kick at the moment, so yesterday's post was a Saint Anne's Amethyst Rosary Bracelet.

Here's a look at the Seven Sorrow's Rosary:

As you can tell from looking carefully at the rosary (and from it's name) the Seven Sorrows chaplet is different from the traditional rosary.

During the Seven Sorrows rosary you pray seven sets of eight prayers (an Our Father and seven Hail Mary's) instead of one Our Father and 10 Hail Mary's. The Seven Meditations that accompany the prayers are as follows:

The Prophecy of Simeon (Lk 2:22-35)
The Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:13-15)
The Loss of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2:41-52)
Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary (Lk 23:27-31)
Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross (Jn 19:25-27)
Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus in Her Arms (Jn 19:38-40)
Jesus is Placed in the Tomb (Jn 19:41-42)

These three sites offer more information:

7 Sorrows Chaplet
The Seven Sorrows
Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Seven Sorrows Chaplet is a great Chaplet to pray in addition to the traditional rosary. It's suggested that it's to be prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

And it's another way to meditate on Christ's life from the point of view of the Blessed Virgin.

1 comment:

  1. It's beautiful! My father's birthstone is amethyst. He's not Catholic, but I may get him one for his birthday next year to let him know I'm praying for him.


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