This unique prayer book, compiled and edited by Rev. Yuri McGlinchey, contains a wealth of Marian themes and texts in a format patterned after the Liturgy of the Hours in honor of her obscure medieval title, the Empress of Hell. Prayers included for Lauds, Vespers, and Compline; with morning Angelic prayers, evening prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, St. Bonaventure’s Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a unique Rosary devotion, and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Empress of Hell.
In Jesus the Magician Morton Smith suggests that magical influence may account for the preservation of a prayer remembered as that of Jesus. Indeed the magical texts of the time are full of spells and prayers attributed to famous authors, in the Greek Magical Papyri we find such spells as “Solomon’s prayer to enchant a medium” (PGM IV.850), “The Prayer of Jacob (to become an incarnate angel)” (PGM XXIIb); a trend that continued well into the modern era with various grimoires attributed to such authors such as Solomon, Moses, even Pope Honorius. The prayer I am referencing of course, is the Lord’s Prayer also known as the Pater Noster. It is found, with slightly different wording, in both the Gospel of Matthew ( Chapter 6, verses 9–13) and the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 11, verses 2–4).
Opening with “Our Father, who art in Heaven”, the reference to a god as “father” whose location is in the heavens is quite familiar in the magical literature of the time.
“Hallowed be Thy name” (Glorified in Luke); hallowing or glorifying means making the god’s name famous, demonstrating its power by miracles, obedience etc, so that outsiders will know it and revere it. For example in the Gospel of John, we find what is known as the Farewell Prayer or High Priestly Prayer; some relevant sections include:
Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. (John 17:1)
I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4)
I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. (John 17:6)
Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou has given me (John 17:11)
While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. (John 17:12)
And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one (John 17:22)
And I have made known thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:26)
This is closely echoed in many passages of the magical papyri which represent the magician as one who glorifies their god and reveals to their followers the god’s great name. “Glorify me as I have glorified the name of your son Horus!” (PGM VII.504), “Tat, Tat, Tat… come… and reveal thyself to this boy today… for I will glorify thee in heaven before Phree, I will glorify thee before the Moon, I will glorify thee on Earth.” (PGM XXXVI.165f), “I am he whom you met under the holy mountain and to whom you gave knowledge of your greatest Name, which I shall keep holy, communicating it with none save to your initiates in your holy rites.” (PGM XII.92ff) This last quotation shows that while the magical texts generally agree with John in “glorifying” rather than “hallowing” the God and its Name, they are not unconcerned with its holiness.
“Thy will be done” is a prayer used by magicians (PGM XII.189), with “on earth as it is in heaven” expressing the most general objective of a spell: to change the natural order by influence of the supernatural, in this case, as it is often, by the god’s will.
With this mind how might we utilize this prayer in our own magical practice? My friend Muertero Yamil swears by it as the best prayer for manifestation. Of the prayer, Muererto Yamil says, “If you really take your time to really know it…it shall reveal its secrets. I will share how it was taught to me:”
- OUR FATHER: Means our higher self or the Inner God within)
- WHO ART IN HEAVEN: Who is in the higher part of my consciousness or the Holy Sacred space in my mind.
- HALLOWED BE THY NAME: To say Hallowed is to say Holy…Here we are tapping into our higher self. The reason for our existence. To feel blessed and manifest, you must know you are blessed and feel deserving of such blessings. You are lifting your higher self to a high degree, meaning you are a sacred being.
- THY KINGDOM COME: Meaning the Kingdom is that what we want to manifest. It’s knowing that we have a vault of blessings awaiting for us and we are bringing into existence.
- THY WILL SHALL BE DONE : Is affirming that what we want is already here. The higher self or the God self has already manifested that which is wanted. We are talking to ourselves.
- ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN:
As Above So Below. That what we want has already been thought and felt. The key for manifestation starts in a thought…we must feel this thought and feel it to the point that it feels real. When we know that what what we want is already here with full confidence and no doubt.
- GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Daily bread can mean many things. In the Latino Culture we say El Pan De Cada Dia. Meaning that which sustains us.
- FORGIVE OUR TRASPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRASPASSED AGAINST US: This is very important because at times those things we do which may hurt others knowingly and unknowingly can infringe in us receiving blessings. If we are caught in bitterness, backbiting and always fighting with others because we feel hurt….we don’t learn how to let things go. We are stuck in a cycle that does not allow us to evolve. By knowing that we to hurt others and we learn not only to forgive others but also learn how to forgive ourselves we begin to unclog pipes of blessings and the flud gates of blessings begin to shower in our lives.
I don’t ever say “Lead us not into temptation…” I say: DON’T ALLOW US TO FALL INTO TEMPTATION. This is the way it is said in the Spanish version and it is the way I also say it in English. The higher self will not allow us to fall into temptation or guide us in those things that will not allow to evolve.
- AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL: Deliver us not from the Devil, Satan or any Being that Religion sees as an opposer. But from our own Habits, Doubts, Fear, and Insecurities. Those things that are not constructive for our manifestation and development.
- AMEN: So More It Be or It Is Done.
When saying this we are visioning what we want and manifestation is taking place and it is done. It is the best guide to practice with. Focus on that what we want. To me the Our Father is the best Mantra one can use and when one really taps into its virtues the sky is the limit.
You can find Muertero Yamil at https://www.muerteroyamil.com/
A Prayer for Healing and Protection from Fevers
The below prayer comes from Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith. It was originally a long narrow peice of papyrus, folded and tied to be worn easily as an amulet. In this version, the prayer is used a petition paper, for a Southern Folk Magic style mojo bag.
♰ Flee, hateful spirit! Christ pursues you, the son of God and the holy spirit have overtaken you. O God of the sheep-pool, deliver from evil your servant NN whom (mother’s name) bore. ♰ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things where made through Him and without Him was not anything that was made. O Lord, ♰ Christ, son and Word of the living God, who heals every disease and every infirmity, also heal and watch over NN whom (mother’s name) bore, and chase away and banish from them every fever and every evil. Pray through the intercession of our Lady, the Mother of God, and the glorious Archangels, and the holy and glorious apostle and evangelist and theologian John, and St Serenus and St Philoxenos and St Victor and St Justus and all the saints. For your name, O Lord God, have I invoked the name that is wonderful and exceedingly glorious and fearful to your adversaries, Amen ♰
Directions to Prepare the Charm Bag
Soak the paper with 4 Thieves vinegar, praying Pslams 114 and 115 (Psalm 116 in KJV) as you do. Let it dry, write the prayer, praying it aloud as you write it. Fold 3 times toward you (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit). Put in a flannel bag with dill seed, rosemary and hyssop. Breathe life into the charm bag, asking for protection from disease in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Tie up the bag with 7 knots, attach a cross medal (or alternatively one of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Archangel Raphael, St Sebastian or any other saint associated with healing) to the end of the yarn you use to tie off the charm bag. Feed the charm bag with a few drops of Flordia Water, carefully pass the bag through a candle flame to warm it, and then pass through frankincense smoke to fix it. Finally place the completed charm bag under an upturned bowl; dress a white candle with a Blessing or Healing oil, place the candle on top of the bowl and light it. Pray the Rosary, using the Glorious Mysteries; allow the candle and incense to burn themselves out. Carry and sleep with the charm bag for the next 7 days to attune it to you.
Sources: Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power edited by Marvin W Meyer and Richard Smith
Power and Success With the Pslams by Donna Rose
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode
The Art of Making Mojos by Catherine Yronwode
(Image: Get Behind Me Satan, Ilya Repin 1895)
To be performed on the standard Holy Rosary, to aid the goetic sorcerer in gaining the blessing of Christ; the greatest conjurer to walk the Earth, the King who conquered Hell.
[Alternatively; upon the Chaplet of the Dead, in remembrance of Our Lord’s 40 Hours in Hell]
Rosarium Christus Rex Infernus
Open with – the Sign of the Cross
On the Crucifix-
My Sovereign Saviour Jesus Christ, Son of the living God! Thou who for the salvation of all mankind didst suffer the death of the Cross; Thou who, before being abandoned to Thine enemies, by an impulse of ineffable love didst institute the Sacrament of thy Body; Thou who hast vouchsafed to us miserable creatures the privilege of making daily commemoration thereof; do Thou deign unto thine unworthy servant, thus holding thy Living Body in his hands, all strength and ability for the profitable application of that power with which he has been entrusted against the horde of rebellious spirits. Thou art their true God, and if they tremble at the utterance of Thy Name, upon that Holy Name will I call, crying Jesus Christ! Jesus, be Thou my help, now and for ever! Amen.
On the grouped beads – Immolated Lamb, be Thou a pillar of strength against the demons! Slain Lamb, give power over the Powers of Darkness! Immolated Lamb, grant favour and strength unto the binding of the Rebellious Spirits. So be it.
On the lone beads – Recite the ‘Offering of the Precious Blood’ followed by one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be
Offering of the Precious Blood
Eternal Father! we offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus, shed for us with such great love and bitter pain from His Right Hand; and through the merits and the efficacy of that Blood, we entreat thy Divine Majesty to grant us Thy Holy benediction, in order that we may be defended thereby from all our enemies, and be set free from every ill; whilst we say, “Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, descendat super nos, et maneat semper. Amen.”
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be
(Indulgence of 100 days, Pope Leo XII, Oct. 25, 1825)
O Jesus, who dost live in Mary, come and live in Thy servants, in the spirit of Thine own holiness, in the fullness of Thy power, in the reality of Thy virtues, in the perfection of Thy ways, in the communion of Thy mysteries, – have Thou dominion over every adverse power, in Thine own Spirit, to the glory of Thy Father. Amen.
(Indulgence of 300 days – Pope Pius IX, Oct. 14, 1859)
Act Of Thanksgiving
Praise, honour, glory, and blessing be unto Him who sitteth upon the throne, who liveth for ever and ever. Amen.
“You should know, reader, that there are many creatures in which sorcery cannot penetrate on account of some prayer they might say everday at bedtime and as they rise.” – True Treasure of Black and White Magic; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão
The open hours refer to particular moments in the day where the borders between the world of the living and the dead are most tenuous and spirits and demons are free to roam the earth. These hours are the four extreme moments of the daily trajectory of the Sun: Midnight, Sunrise, Midday, Sunset. In traditional folklore, not only do we find that it is at these times most forms of monstrous apparitions and otherworldly visitations appear, but that given their nature they have been traditionally elected as the most favorable for the performance of specific sorceries and maleficas.
The Luciferian Catholic could be said to draw their power from three sources; God, the Dead, and the Devil. As such the prayers for each open hour include one prayer for each.
Traditionally the prayers of the Trinities consist of 3 Hail Marys at Sunrise, to remind the faithful of the annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and at Sunset, one third of a Rosary, that is one composed of five Mysteries. As such, we recommend Consecration to the Holy Mother at Sunrise, and the Rosarium Imperatrix Inferni at Sunset.
It is important that we also remember what St. Cyprian admonishes us of in the instructions attributed to him in the working book of Arthur Gauntlet:
“The Master must have firm faith And doubt not his work for he that Doubteth to obtain his petition Prayeth with his Mouth Not his heart.”
New Orisons for the Open Hours
For the Trinities (Sunrise and Sunset)
Prayer of the Open Hours of the Trinity
May the Holiest Trinity
Always accompany my steps,
And open friendly arms to me
In the hours of sorrow.
May the Eternal Father aid me,
And Jesus Bless me.
May the Spirit give me light
Against the Temptations of Hell
May I spend all of my existence
Always practicing good
And the Holiest Trinity
Guide me on Earth.
The Holy Trinity
Accompanies me my whole life,
Let it always keep me,
And have mercy upon my soul;
Oh Eternal Father aid me,
Oh Son bless me;
Oh Holy Spirit touch me
Protection, honor, and virtue;
Never let pride envy me,
Instead of evil let there be good
Accompany me always. Amen
Prayer for the Forgotten Dead
O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to Thee, who, either through the negligence of those who are alive, or through length of time are forgotten
by their friends and by all. Spare them, O Lord, and remember Thine own mercy, when others forget to appeal to it. Let not the souls which Thou hast created be parted from thee, their Creator.
May the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Prayer of the Open Hour of Midday
Oh Virgin of the Holy Heavens,
Mother of our Redeemer,
Who, among women, holdest the palm,
Bring joy to my soul,
That moans filled with grief;
And come and place on my lips
Words of pure love.
In the name of the God of the worlds,
And also in the name of the Beloved Son,
Where the supreme goodness resides,
Always be praised
In this blessed hour. Amen.
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Open Hour of Midnight
Oh angel of my guard,
In this hour of terror,
Free me from terrible visions
Of the terrifying Devil;
Let God make my soul alert
From the dangers of temptation,
Away from me all bad dreams
And the oppressions of the heart.
Oh angel of my guard,
Ask the Virgin Mother on my behalf
To keep me from danger
While I live. Amen
Prayer for la Anima Sola
O languishing soul! The loneliest and most abandoned soul of Purgatory! I feel thy pain, I feel compassion upon hearing thy moaning and suffering, abandoned in this hard penitence, and I wish to relieve thy suffering and longing by offering thee all the good and decent works I may perform during my life, and all the pains I have endured, endure now and will endure in this life, so as thy faults may be paid to God and He may give thee His grace, and I hope that thou will do me the great help of requesting that His light clear my judgement so as I may follow His law, loving Him above all things and my fellow man like unto myself, so as in that way I may deserve His divine majesty and infinite mercy and salvation. Amen.
At Each Open Hour
The Prayer of the True Grimoire
ASTRACHIOS, ASAC, ASACRA, BEDRIMULAEL, SILAT, ARABONAS, IERAHLEM, IDEODOC, ARCHARZEL, ZOPHIEL, BLAUTEL, BARACATA, ADONAI, ELOHIM, EMAGRO, ABRAGATEH, SAMOEL, GEBURAHEL, CADATO, ERA, ELOHI, ACHSAH, EBMISHA, IMACHADEL, DANIEL, DAMA, ELAMOS, IZACHEL, BAEL, SCIRLIN; GENIU DOMOS!
O Lord God, Who art seated above the heavens and Who regardest the Abysses beneath, grant unto me Thy Grace I beesech Thee so that what I conceive in my mind, I may accomplish in my work: through Thee O God, the Sovereign Ruler of All, Who liveth and reigneth unto the Ages of Ages. Amen.
Commentary on the New Orisons
The Prayers of the Open Hours are sourced from O Grande livro de S. Cypriano ou thesouro do feitceiro as translated by José Leitão and are the inspiration behind this post. In his commentary to the book, José notes that given the place where these prayers are presented in the Book, that he believes they are meant to be practiced on a daily basis as so one may be spiritual fit and protected for the orisons and exorcisms that follow.
The Prayer for the Devil is from the Grimorium Verum, and is an interpretive reconstruction by Jake Stratton-Kent. Jake notes that this prayer is absolutely central to the system, intended to be recited multiple times a day in the lead up to the ritual conjurations. The times stated for these recitations are the open hours and are thus included here.
The Prayers for the Dead and Anima Sola The importance of these prayers is anchored in the traditional Roman Catholic eschatology that many of the Dead await the end times in Purgatory, stuck there until the remission of their sins or the second death of eternal damnation on the day of Judgement. Prayers said on the behalf of the souls in purgatory are a good work and show the virtue of caritas. The traditional prayer for anima sola contains an interesting clause and condition, that all the good works and prayers of the one praying it be given to the loneliest soul in Purgatory, thus essentially promising Anima Sola that you will take their place, but on the condition that once elevated that soul would extend prayers to God on your behalf. As we ask the saints to pray for us, now and in the hour of our death, so do we ask that of the rest of the Dead, whether in Heaven or in Purgatory.
For a deeper understanding of why this would be of benefit to a goetic sorcerer or Marian diabolist, we turn again to the Book of Saint Cyprian. Under the heading “Why God permits that the Devil torments His creatures” we find eleven reasons, the final is the most appropriate to this topic:
“So that these creatures may have their Purgatory in this world, and be confounded, seeing as from their evil so much good can be accomplished.” Occult Powers; the Book of St. Cyprian, the Sorcerer’s Treasure translated by José Leitão
These things together imply that prayers said on behalf of the Dead, whether known, forgotten or lone, preserve the soul of the sorcerer against the dangers their work exposes them to, because the very nature of their work, the conjuring and pacting with infernal spirits subjects them to the pains of Purgatory in this life. Thus irregardless of having given up their good works to the soul of another, they may still in good faith work towards their own salvation by the torments of the Devil.
O Immaculate Holy Mother!
Live in me, act in me, speak in me and through me.
Think your thoughts in my mind.
Love through my heart.
Give me your disposition and feelings.
Teach me, lead me and guide me to the Morning Star.
Correct, enlighten, and expand my thoughts and behavior.
Posses my soul, take over my personality, and replace it with yourself.
Incline me to constant adoration.
Pray for me and through me.
Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.
The Anima Sola, Italian for “Lonely Soul”, is an image used in Italian style folk Catholic worship of the dead in Southern Italy, that has become popular in many cultures and spiritual traditions, especially Hispanic and South American ones. The image represents all the lone souls who have died in venial sin and therefore after death atone for said sins in the flames of purgatory. These poor souls are too good for Hell and are destined for Heaven, however they must suffer in fire so they can be purified before entering Paradise, as there can be no bad things in Heaven.
This chaplet is based upon the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, also known as the Chaplet of Seven Sorrows or the Servite Rosary, a Rosary based prayer that originated with the Servite Order. This rosary was granted indulgences by Bendeict XIII in1724 and Clement XIL in 1734. These indulgences were confirmed by a decree of January 17th, 1747 and rendered applicable to souls in Purgatory. This chaplet for the Anima Sola follows this rosary closely, with the main addition being a prayer containing the Requiem Aeternam (which carries an indulgence for the dead) after each Lord’s Prayer.
This chaplet can be used as a focus for pretty much any petition to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Suffering the intense flames of purgatory The Poor Souls welcome all prayers and in return bestow large favours and graces in gratitude for those willing to trouble themselves with prayers to cease their suffering and get them into Heaven faster.
A Suggested Basic Set Up
Print out a nice picture of the Anima Sola and frame it, or get an Anima Sola statue. Lay out a white cloth and place a crucifix at the back and place the image in front of it. You may also put images of St Michael, Madonna del Carmine,San Nicola da Tolentino, Santa Rosalia, San Padre Pio, and Santa Caterina da Genova on the space (all associated with assisting the Poor Souls). Place a white candle on the shrine along with a cool glass of water to soothe the spirits sufferings and give them a medium to travel through.
The Chaplet for Anima Sola
One begins and ends this chaplet with the De profundis (Psalm 129)
Then pray 1 Lord’s Prayer, 3 Hail Marys, a Glory Be, and a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Following this, you pray the Prayer for the Anima Sola and the Orison of Anima Sola.
You are now ready to begin the chaplet proper.
Holding the medal: Sign of the Cross, then Introductory Prayer
3 beads: Hail Mary
On the connector: Announce the first Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola
On the 7 beads: Hail Mary
On the remaining medals: Announce the next Sorrow, then say the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola. Continue with Hail Mary on each set of 7 beads
On returning to the connector: the Lord’s prayer, followed by the Prayer for the Anima Sola.
On the 3 beads returning to the medal: one Hail Mary each, in remembrance of Her tears.
Close with Orison of Anima Sola, the Memorare, Sign of the Cross, De Profundis.
(Psalm 129 Out of The Depths)
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness,
that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;
For with the Lord is kindness
and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.
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.
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.
Glorybe to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
St Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayer for the Anima Sola
O Lord, I offer my prayers for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Orison of the Anima Sola
Hear mortal men, the cries of the imprisoned soul, alone and abandoned in a dark prison.O Anima Sola, soul of peace and war, soul of sea and of land. I desire that all that I have lost be returned.
O Anima Sola, you who are alone and abandoned, I accompany you in your grief. I take pity upon you. For I know of the grief and suffering you must endure within your harsh and long imprisonment.
I offer you this prayer and glass of water because I desire to lessen your pain and quench your thirst. Sad Soul, Lonely Soul, no one calls you, But I call you. No one looks for you, but I seek you out. No one loves you, but I adore you.No one remembers you, but I keep you in my heart.
I offer you this lit candle so that you may find your way into the light. In this moment I offer to you my meritorious labour, and all that I have suffered, suffer and will suffer in this life, even though it can never compare to yours. I humbly pray that you finish paying for your mortal sins of the flesh so that you may find the grace of God, and be lifted from your imprisonment, with your grace you shall be my benefactor.
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
Sign of the Cross
By the sign of the Cross (sign of cross over forehead), from our enemies (sign of cross over lips) deliver us O Lord (sign of cross over heart), through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
My God, I offer You this Rosary for Your glory, so I can honor your Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin, so I can share and meditate upon her suffering. I humbly beg you to give me true repentance for all my sins. Give me wisdom and humility, so that I may receive all the indulgences contained in this prayer. O Lord, I offer this rosary for the salvation of the Lonely Soul. With your Divine Majesty and Love direct your Merciful Eyes to the Loney Soul, Amen
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
May they rest in peace.
The Seven Sorrows
The First Sorrow The Prophecy of Simeon.
When Mary and Joseph present the infant Jesus in the temple, Simeon predicts that a “sword” (of sorrow) will pierce Mary’s soul.
The Second Sorrow The flight into Egypt.
When King Herod orders the death of all male children age two or younger, Mary and Joseph flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus.
The Third Sorrow The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple.
Mary and Joseph search for the child Jesus for three days, finding Him at last — after agonizing sorrow — in the temple.
The Fourth Sorrow Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross.
As Jesus makes His way to Calvary, condemned to crucifixion, He meets His mother, Mary. He is bruised, derided, cursed and defiled and her sorrow is absolute as Jesus drags His own cross up the hill of His crucifixion.
The Fifth Sorrow Mary at the foot of the cross.
Mary stands near her dying Son unable to minister to him as He cries “I thirst.” She hears Him promise heaven to a thief and forgive His enemies. His last words, “Behold your mother,” charge us to look on Mary as our mother.
The Sixth Sorrow Mary receives the body of Jesus.
Jesus is taken down from the cross and His body is placed in Mary’s arms. The passion and death are over, but for His mother, grief continues. She holds His body in her arms.
The Seventh Sorrow Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus.
The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb. Mary is alone in sorrow, awaiting the Resurrection.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen