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The Sorrowful Mysteries for Lent

During Lent we can pray the Sorrowful mysteries only. It is a time for us to dwell on Jesus’ suffering and His death. It is a time to look at our lives and examine our lives in relation to Jesus’ cross. How are we like the Jews of His day who stood before the Truth and said Crucify Him?

First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden

Mark 14: 32-42

 Then they came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be troubled and distressed. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch.” He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” When he returned he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing. Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to answer him. He returned a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. See, my betrayer is at hand.”  

(For Meditation as you pray the first decade)

 Is Jesus just referring to sleep here? How many times have I been “asleep” while wide awake? How many times have I left Jesus alone in His agony while I closed my eyes to what is happening around me? 

(Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Intention)


Second Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus is Scourged

Mark 15: 6-16

 Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested. A man called Barabbas was then in prison along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion. The crowd came forward and began to ask him to do for them as he was accustomed. Pilate answered, “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate again said to them in reply, “Then what [do you want] me to do with [the man you call] the king of the Jews?” They shouted again, “Crucify him.” Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.

(For Meditation as you pray the second decade)

 How many times have I followed the crowd and yelled “Crucify Him”? How many times have I “wished to satisfy the crowd” and allowed Jesus to be scourged and handed Him over to be crucified?

 (Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Intention)


The Third Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus is Crowned with Thorns

Mark 15: 16-19

The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort. They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him. They began to salute him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him. They knelt before him in homage.

(For Meditation as you pray the third decade) 

How often have I woven a crown of thorns with my sins? How often have I knelt before Jesus in false humility and allowed others to mock Him? 

(Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Intention)


The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus Carries His Cross to Calvary

Mark 15: 20-22 

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him. They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. They brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). 

(For Meditation as you pray the fourth decade) 

Do I help Jesus carry His cross or do my sins add to its weight? Have I walked past others who may need help with their cross? 

(Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Intention)


The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Mark 15: 23-41

 They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left. Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, mocked him among themselves and said, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him. At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome. These women had followed him when he was in Galilee and ministered to him. There were also many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

 (For Meditation as you pray the fifth decade)

 How many times have I asked you, my Jesus, for a sign? How many times has my belief depended on that sign? When I see you on the cross, can I say with my heart “Truly this man was the Son of God”?

(Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, Glory Be, Fatima Intention)

Hail Holy Queen

Prayer After the Rosary

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Ending Thoughts

While we contemplate these mysteries, we know something the Jews of that time did not know. The story does not end with His crucifixion and death. That was only the beginning, and the Good News is we are all given a new beginning. Each day we have the opportunity to take up Jesus’ cross, to help Him bear His burdens and to cleanse our souls of the sins we have accumulated. We know the rest of the story!


Comments on: "The Sorrowful Mysteries for Lent" (22)

  1. Janet said:

    Thanks for this because I have been trying to convince my pastor and prayer group that only the Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed during Lent.

    • Janet, there is no hard and fast rule on when to pray the mysteries. Many recommend praying them only on Sunday’s but here is a link that suggests otherwise. Remember Mary and Jesus are happy we are praying the rosary and that is more important than which mystery. God Bless.

      • Hi Catholic Cat. I just found your site(or is it a blog? I think it’s a site. I don’t really know the difference-not a tech person here).
        First, I too was told by someone at my church(last year) that “during Lent we are supposed to pray the Sorrowful mysteries every day”. She seemed convinced, and she knows a lot about Catholic Church things. But, I also think what matters is that we are praying and meditating. God is very happy with that. 🙂 He will surely not reject any prayer. Besides, He lives in an Eternal Now, so He is concurrently in all seasons of the church (or His life) at the same time.
        Second, I like the name you chose for your site: Catholic Cat. It’s quite different and I love cats too(all animals really). 🙂

        Thank you for your post. 🙂

      • Thank you Mary!! I appreciate your comments. I agree the Lord, and Mary, are happy anytime we pray the Rosary – no matter what mysteries!! I think the reasoning for the Church is so we focus on Christ’s suffering during this penitential season!

        When I started the blog I had 2 cats and they always slept around the statue of Mary – hence the name! They knew who to go to – Momma Mary!

        I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. It was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit and continues to be inspired by the Holy Spirit! God bless and Happy Lent!!!!

      • P.s. I myself like to focus on the Sorrowful mysteries during Lent(since last year my neighbor said we’re “supposed” to). But as I already mentioned too, I believe any are very good to say of course. I think it’s just personal preference(see my prior post). 🙂
        Thank you again.

      • Agreed!!! God bless!

  2. The Vatican website and the USCCB website does not state to only say the sorrowful mysteries during lent. What is your source for this directive?

    • John, the rosary is a private prayer, not Liturgical, so there are no Vatican or Liturgical absolutes on how to pray it, only suggestions. I grew up praying the Sorrowful only during Lent and my friends must have also, because I was questioned when trying to hand out the joyful one Lenten Monday!! A number of websites, most notably the website. I will change my wording so as not to mislead so thank you for bringing this to my attention. I think Mary is happy whenever we pray the Rosary and doesn’t mind what day we pray what mystery. God bless, Happy Lent and may you be blessed.

  3. Paul Naivalurua said:

    Thank you for this ….really awesome..

  4. Jim Kinney said:

    From the Apostolic Letter The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Pope John Paul II, Oct. 16,2002 States: The Sorrowful Mysteries are Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays, and optional on SUNDAYS during Lent. This is the way I believe it should be done if leading a group in Church. I also believe in private you can say sorrowful everyday. I try to say all 4 mysteries everyday but prefer to say the correct for the day one at Church with the congregation. Jim

    • Thank you for your comments Jim. It helps me and my friends to focus on Lent by doing the Sorrowful Mysteries every day. We grew up in different parts of the country but have the same tradition !I think Our Lord will honor our prayers no matter what mysteries we ponder. God bless you and continue your beautiful devotion! May the peace of the Risen Christ be with you.

  5. Jeremiah Marie Joseph said:

    Thanks for making me understand more, may the Holy Spirit keep on directing us in Jesus name. Amen.

  6. Some say any mystery will do during lent season, Mother Mary will accept it.
    But I feel these 40 days of Jesus fasting and suffering for our sins, i am comfortable by saying only sorrowful mystery. please guide me if I am wrong.

    • Olga, I agree with you completely. When we are in Lent we are preparing ourselves for the death of Our Lord. In the same way we do the Stations during Lent, praying the Sorrowful Mysteries is an excellent preparation for what is coming. And it helps us to look at ourselves and search our soul and see our own sinfulness. God bless you and keep praying.

    • Olga I agree with you completely! Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries during Lent prepare us for what is coming. Like praying the Stations, it helps us to look at ourselves and see our own sinfulness. Lent is not a time of celebration, it is a time of somber preparation for Good Friday. God bless you and keep praying!

  7. PAUL MUNGU said:

    Can I say 20 decade of rosary during lent or only the sorrowful mystery,

    • Paul the beauty of the Rosary is you can choose any part of Christ’s life to meditate on, anytime you want. The days are suggested as a guideline for the week so you walk through all of His life. Just saying the Sorrowful during Lent is a custom I and many of my friends grew up with to help us meditate and remember what Christ went through. In Advent I usually pray the Joyful every day until Christmas. Prayer and meditation is what is important. God bless you and keep praying! Happy Lent.

      • Tigerlily said:

        I was surfing the web looking for Lenten Rosary meditations when I came across your blog.
        I see that no one has commented on this particular subject in almost a year. I hope to read from other Rosary devotees during this Lenten season as the Rosary is so beautifully powerful, it continues to amaze me and love to hear others speak about their relationship and experience with this beautiful prayer.

        I agree with you on when to pray particular mysteries. The freedom the Rosary imparts is evident in the choices we can make in time, place, content and style. We truly can take something that is so humble and personal and on the other hand so incredibly powerful that it can change the world.

        I think every Mystery can be a Lenten mirror. If it is the Sorrowful or the Joyful speaking to your heart then it is the right Mystery to recite and ponder.

        Whether praying alone or with thousands, Our Blessed Mother is present, guiding her children and we are revealing our innermost hearts to Her: the most humble and yet the most powerful creature to ever exist. Our spiritual mother, the Queen of Heaven!

      • Thank you for taking the time to stop by! The Lenten Rosary is only popular at this time of year so it does not really get a lot of comments. I have always felt as long as we pray the Rosary, Mary and Jesus are happy and do not hold us to a particular day! But I love our tradition of specific days, it keeps me from getting in a rut! I think we all have our favorites.

        Hopefully others will comment also! Be blessed and feel free to share it with others.

  8. P.s. As I already mentioned, I just discovered your blog tonight. I signed up to be a follower. I hope I can find it again. Usually when I find sites/blogs, and then leave, I don’t know how to get back to them. 😉

    Peace to you.

    • If you signed up to follow the blog, you should get an email every day when I publish it. If not, just search The Catholic Cat and this should pop up!!!

      God bless!

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