7th Sorrow: The Entombment of Christ

Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews) besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus also came, (he who at the first came to Jesus by night,) … Continue reading 7th Sorrow: The Entombment of Christ


6th Sorrow: Pietà

Bernardine de Bustis describes the afflicted mother as raising herself, and extending her arms to meet her dear Son; she embraces him, and then sits down at the foot of the cross. She sees his mouth open, his eye shut, she examines the lacerated flesh, and those exposed bones; she takes off the crown, and … Continue reading 6th Sorrow: Pietà

5th Sorrow: At the Foot of the Cross

Meanwhile his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen, had taken their stand beside the cross of Jesus. And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple, too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, Woman, this is thy son. Then he said to the disciple, This … Continue reading 5th Sorrow: At the Foot of the Cross

3rd Sorrow: Jesus Lost

When he was twelve years old, after going up to Jerusalem, as the custom was at the time of the feast, and completing the days of its observance, they set about their return home. But the boy Jesus, unknown to his parents, continued his stay in Jerusalem. And they, thinking that he was among their … Continue reading 3rd Sorrow: Jesus Lost

1st Sorrow: The Prophecy of Simeon

Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: "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 thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." (Luke 2:34-35) Hail Mary, who … Continue reading 1st Sorrow: The Prophecy of Simeon