Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity A Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows Share Flipboard Email Print Pascal Deloche / GettyImages Christianity Catholicism Prayers Beliefs and Teachings Tips Worship Saints Holy Days and Holidays Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Latter Day Saints View More By Scott P. Richert Catholicism Expert M.A., Political Theory, Catholic University of America B.A., Political Theory, Michigan State University Scott P. Richert is senior content network manager of Our Sunday Visitor. He has written about Catholicism for outlets including Humanitas and Catholic Answers Magazine. our editorial process Scott P. Richert Updated September 03, 2018 Our Lady of Sorrows, or Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, is a name used for the Virgin Mary—a title used out of deference to the many painful events in her life. Practices aimed at the Seven Sorrows of Mary are very popular devotions for Catholics, and many prayers and rituals are dedicated to Mary in this form. The seven sorrows refer to seven momentous events in the life of Mary: Simeone, the Holy Man, forecasting the pain that Mary would suffer because Jesus was the SaviorJoseph and Mary fleeing with the infant Jesus in order to escape Herod the King's threat to the childMary and Joseph losing the 12-year-old Jesus for three days until finding him in the templeMary witnessing Jesus carrying the cross to CalvaryMary witnessing the crucifixion of JesusMary receiving the body of Jesus when it is removed from the crossMary witnessing the burial of Jesus. The various devotional practices and prayers dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows focuses on the example that Mary sets for maintaining steadfast faith and devotion in the face of almost indescribable heartache and pain. The modern church now celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows every September 15. The Prayer In this prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, believers call to mind the pain endured both by Christ on the Cross and by Mary as she watched her Son be crucified. In reciting the prayer, we ask for the grace to join in that sorrow, so that we may awaken to what is truly important—not the passing joys of this life, but the lasting joy of eternal life in Heaven. O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.