Litany of the Seven Sorrows


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Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, 
Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God, 
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, 
Pray for us. 
Holy Mother of God, 
Pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc. 
Mother crucified, 
Mother sorrowful, 
Mother tearful, 
Mother afflicted, 
Mother forsaken, 
Mother desolate, 
Mother bereft of thy Child, 
Mother transfixed with the sword, 
Mother consumed with grief, 
Mother filled with anguish, 
Mother crucified in heart, 
Mother most sad, 
Fountain of tears, 
Abyss of suffering, 
Mirror of patience, 
Rock of constancy, 
Anchor of confidence, 
Refuge of the forsaken, 
Shield of the oppressed, 
Subduer of the unbelieving, 
Comfort of the afflicted, 
Medicine of the sick, 
Strength of the weak, 
Harbor of the wrecked, 
Allayer of tempests, 
Resource of mourners, 
Terror of the treacherous, 
Treasure of the faithful, 
Eye of the Prophets, 
Staff of the Apostles, 
Crown of Martyrs, 
Light of confessors, 
Pearl of virgins, 
Consolation of widows, 
Joy of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble, 
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love 
------ sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys, 
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary. 


The Apostle's Creed

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 
arose again from the dead; He ascended into 
Heaven and 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. 


HAIL HOLY QUEEN [Salve, Regina]

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; hail 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 toward 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.

Partial Indulgence. 


HAIL MARY

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. 


This litany was originally written in Latin by Pope Pius VII in 1809 during his captivity 
under Napoleon Bonaparte.

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