Dolores

 Here's one for Holy Week: Dolores.

Dolores comes from Latin, from dolēre which means, "to grieve". The Spanish title of Our Lady of Sorrows is María de los Dolores, meaning "Mary of Sorrows".


Here's one for holy week.... It's so important to remember how Our Lord grieved for us in this week. And how He gave us His Body and Blood on Holy Thursday, then suffered and bled for us on Good Friday. To think of how He accepted the humiliation of hanging naked on a cross beaten and bloody before His holy mother. He's so good to us. There's no price He hasn't paid to save our poor souls. What a price to pay. How ungrateful I've been! But when we look at the cross, and we look at the sorrowful mother, we love Him and our holy mother all the more.


Litany of the Most
Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)
Christ, have mercy. (Christ, have mercy.)
Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)

Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us.)
Christ, graciously 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.)
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, (save us)
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, (save us)
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, (save us)
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, (save us)
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, (save us)
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, (save us)
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, (save us)
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, (save us)
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, (save us)
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, (save us)
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, (save us)
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, (save us)
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, (save us)
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, (save us)
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, (save us)
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, (save us)
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, (save us)
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, (save us)
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, (save us)
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, (save us)
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, (save us)
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, (save us)
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, (save us)
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, (save us)

Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us, O Lord.)
Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood. (And made us, for our God, a kingdom.)

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. (Amen.)



The Seven Sorrows of Mary

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus (Luke 2:34)
  2. The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family (Matthew 2:13)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days (Luke 2:43)
  4. The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross (Luke 23:26)
  5. The Crucifixion, where Mary stands at the foot of the cross (John 19:25)
  6. The Descent from the Cross, where Mary receives the dead body of Jesus in her arms (Matthew 27:57)
  7. The Burial of Jesus (John 19:40)


      Adriaen Isenbrandt, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows c.1525
Isenbrandt was a Flemish Renaissance painter.

Prayer Of St. Bonaventure

Lady, who by thy sweetness dost ravish the hearts of men, hast thou not ravished mine? O ravisher of hearts, when wilt thou restore me mine? Rule and govern it like thine own; preserve it in the Blood of the Lamb, and place it in thy Son's side. Then shall I obtain what I desire, and possess what I hope for; for thou art our hope.
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