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SEVEN SORROWS OF THE VIRGIN MARY From "The Mystical City of God" by Bl. Mary of Agreda
1. THE PROPHECY OF SIMEON Simeon, addressing himself to the most holy Mother of the Infant Jesus, then added: " Behold this Child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And t hy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed. " As in a mirror h er spirit was made to see all the mysteries included in this prophecy; how h er most holy Son was to be the stone of stumbling, the perdition of the unbelievers, and the salvation of the faithful; the fall of the synagogue and the establishment of the Church among the heathens; s he foresaw the triumph to be gained over the devil and over death, but also that a great price was to be paid for it, namely the frightful agony and death of the Cross (Colos. 2, 15). She foresaw the boundless opposition and contradiction, which the Lord Jesus was to sustain both personally and in H is Church (John 15, 20). At the same time s he also saw the glory and excellence of the predestined souls.
2. THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT " Thou must leave t hy home and t hy country, fly with Him and t hy spouse Joseph into Egypt, where t hou art to remain until I shall ordain otherwise: for Herod is seeking the life of the Child. The journey is long, most laborious and most fatiguing; do t hou suffer it all for my sake; for I am, and always will be, with t hee. " During all this journey of sixty leagues through the desert they had no other night-shelter than the sky and open air; moreover, it was in the time of winter, for this journey took place in the month of February, only six days after the Purification, … But the most prudent and obedient Mother advanced no objection or doubt: s he was not in the least disturbed or moved by this unlo o ked for order. Answering, s he said: " My Lord and Master, behold T hy servant with a heart prepared to die for T hy love if necessary. Dispose of me according to T hy will. This only do I ask of T hy immense goodness, that, overlooking my want of merit and gratitude, Thou permit not my Son and Lord to suffer, and that Thou turn all pains and labor upon me, who am obliged to suffer them ."
3. THE LOSS OF THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE The loving Mother said to saint Joseph: "My spouse and my master, my heart cannot rest, unless we return with all haste to Jerusalem in order to seek my most holy Son." This they proceeded to do, beginning their search among their relations and friends, of whom, however, none could give them any information or any comfort in their sorrow; … Thus this sincerest Dove persevered in her tears and groans without cessation or rest, without sleeping or eating anything for three whole days. Her anxiety of heart caused h er to break out in tears and sighs of inmost grief, an urged h er onward in search, not of the lost drachm, like the woman in the Gospel, but of the whole treasure of heaven and earth (Luke 15, 8). Not all the sorrows suffered by all the martyrs ever reached the height of the sorrows of most holy Mary in this trial; nor will the patience, resignation and tolerance of this Lady ever be equalled, nor can they; for the loss of Jesus was greater to h er than the loss of anything created, while h er love and appreciation of Him exceeded all that can be conceived by any other creature. Since s he did not know the cause of the loss, h er anxiety was beyond all measure …
4. THE MEETING OF JESUS AND MARY ON THE WAY OF THE CROSS Thus it came that both of t hem met face to face in sweetest recognition of each other and in mutual renewal of each other's interior sorrows. Yet t hey did not speak to one another, nor would the fierce cruelty of the executioners have permitted such an intercourse. But the most prudent Mother adored h er divine Son and true God, laden with the Cross; … Beyond all human thought and estimation was the sorrow of the most sincere Dove and Virgin Mother while s he thus witnessed with h er own eyes h er Son carrying the Cross to Mount Calvary; for s he alone could fittingly know and love Him according to H is true worth. It would have been impossible for h er to live through this ordeal, if the divine power had not strengthened h er and preserved h er life. With bitterest sorrow s he addressed the Lord and spoke to Him in h er heart: ''My Son and eternal God, light of my eyes and life of my soul, receive, O Lord, the sacrifice of my not being able to relieve Thee of the burden of the Cross and carry it myself, who am a daughter of Adam; for it is I who should die upon it in love of Thee, as Thou now wishest to die in most ardent love of the human race. O most loving Mediator between guilt and justice! "
5. THE CRUCIFIXION Having bored the three holes into the Cross, the executioners again commanded Christ the Lord to stretch Himself out upon it in order to be nailed to it. … The Lord was so weakened, disfigured and exhausted, that if the ferocious cruelty of those men had left the least room for natural reason and kindness, they could not have brought themselves to inflict further torments upon the innocent and meek Lamb, humbly suffering such nameless sorrows and pains. Presently one of the executioners seized the hand of Jesus our Savior and placed it upon the auger-hole, while another hammered a large and rough nail through the palm. The veins and sinews were torn, and the bones of the sacred hand, which made the heavens and all that exists, were forced apart. When they stretched out the other hand, they found that it did not reach up to the auger-hole; for the sinews of the other arm had been shortened and the executioners had maliciously set the holes too far apart, as I have mentioned above. In order to overcome the difficulty, they took the chain, with which the Savior had been bound in the garden, and looping one end through a ring around H is wrist, they, with unheard of cruelty, pulled the hand over the hole and fastened it with another nail. Thereupon they seized H is feet, and placing them one above the other, they tied the same chain around both and stretched them with barbarous ferocity down to the third hole. Then they drove through both feet a large nail into the Cross. Thus the sacred body, in which dwelled the Divinity, was nailed motionless to the holy Cross, …
6. THE TAKING DOWN OF THE BODY OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS Then the great Lady placed he rself on h er knees and held the unfolded cloth in h er outstretched arms ready to receive the dead body of h er Son. In order to assist Joseph and Nikodemus, saint John supported the head, and Mary Magdalen the feet, of Christ and thus they tearfully and reverently placed Him into the arms of H is sweetest Mother. This was to h er an event of mixed sorrow and consolation; for in seeing Him thus wounded and all H is beauty disfigured beyond all children of men (Ps. 44, 3), the sorrows of h er most chaste heart were again renewed; and in holding Him in h er arms and at h er breast, h er incomparable sorrow was rejoiced and h er love satiated by the possession of h er Treasure. She looked upon Him with supreme worship and reverence, shedding tears of blood.
7. THE BURIAL OF JESUS A procession of heavenly spirits was formed and another of men, and the sacred body was borne along by saint John, Joseph, Nikodemus and the centurion, who had confessed the Lord and now assisted at H is burial. They were followed by the blessed Mother, by Mary Magdalen and the rest of the women disciples. Besides these a large number of the faithful assisted, for many had been moved by the divine light and had come to Calvary after the lance-thrust. All of them, in silence and in tears, joined the procession. They proceeded toward a nearby garden, where Joseph had hewn into the rock a new grave, in which nobody had as yet been buried or deposited (John 19, 41). In this most blessed sepulchre they placed the sacred body of Jesus.
THE SEVEN GRACES GIVEN TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT MEDITATE ON THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE VIRGIN MARY 2. They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries. 1. I will grant peace to their families. 3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work. 4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls. 5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives. 6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate
this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from the earthly
life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and
I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
(As revealed to Saint Bridget by the Blessed Mother)
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