Novena to Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, for all who will die today because of war and economic chaos.

Originally published November 14 - 22, 1998, on the eve of a new round of US bombing of Iraq.

Most holy and afflicted mother, queen of martyrs, you stood beneath the cross and witnessed the agony of your dying Son.

Look down with tenderness and pity on us as we meditate on your sorrows and place our request in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.

To whom shall we have recourse in our needs and wants if not to you, mother of mercy, who drank so deeply of the chalice of your Son?

To whom shall we turn if not to you, mother of sorrows, who shared in the sorrows of your Son from birth to death?

The Father who chose you to be the mother of his Son allowed the sword of sorrow to pierce you through.

In the immensity of the sorrows you suffered help me to persevere and bear patiently with our present sorrow.

Our petition

We pray for all those who may die this week because of war and economic chaos, especially the children.

Pray for them, to prepare them for the agony, despair, and terror of the violence that is upon them.  Comfort them and hold them close to the bosom of your Most Immaculate Heart as they drink deeply of the bitter cup which is forced upon them.

Wipe their tears, calm their fears, welcome them to peace and safety.

Teach us to rise in judgement against the wickedness that brings such violence upon the world. Guide us as we work to overturn the thrones of tyranny and scatter the unjust with the works of justice, peace, and mercy, building new structures of wisdom and beauty among the collapsing ruins of the old ways of violence and injustice. 

Open our eyes so that we see the truth about the bloody rulers who make the cry of the widow and orphan rise to heaven. Pray for us that we will receive grace and strength to stand against the demonic powers which prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls, so that peace with justice will come to the Persian Gulf, Amen.

Lord, at your Passion, as Simeon foretold, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother. Grant in your mercy that we who reverently recall her sorrows may reap the blessed fruits of Your Passion. You who are God, living and reigning with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.



The Seven Sorrows of Mary  with accompanying extracts of Scripture and prayers for the Rosary of our Lady's Sorrows.

The Stabat Mater (English & Latin) ..A traditional hymn to Mary recalling the Passion of the Lord, often sung at the Stations of the Cross. Choral Version Over the centuries, the Stabat Mater has been one of the favorite texts set to large works by composers.  This is the famous version by Pergolesi, 41 minutes of choral and religious beauty.

Regina Martyrum (Queen of Martyrs), a short sermon by Cardinal Newman.

His mother stood by the cross a sermon by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Seven Offerings of the Precious Blood

Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary Alma Redemptoris Mater (O Loving Mother of our Redeemer), Ave Regina caelorum (Welcome, O Queen of Heaven), Regina caeli (O Queen of Heaven), Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen), The Angelus, Litany of Loreto
Litany of Our Lady of Sorrows, Prayer of St. Alphonus de Liguori to the Sorrowful Mother

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