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A Prayer to the Mother of Sorrows

That Our Sorrow May Turn to Joy


An icon of the Theotokos Lamentation. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

A contemporary icon of the Theotokos Lamentation, or the Lamentation of the Mother of God at the Cross.

(Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

In this prayer to the Mother of Sorrows, we recognize that we rarely experience joy without first enduring adversity. We ask Mary, who experienced great sorrow in her own life, to pray for us, so that, in the midst of our trials and tribulations, we may look forward to the joy that comes from remaining faithful witnesses to Christ.

To the Mother of Sorrows

Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never-ending joy at His triumph; obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolation for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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