Prayed on Tuesday and Friday
In the Sorrowful Mysteries we stand beneath the Cross of Jesus, coming face to face with the truth of his insistence that the Christ must suffer and die. No matter that we long to cry out, if only we had been there; we still encounter the reality of our human position and the truth that is Our Lord’s. We sense the sword piercing the heart of his Mother, and pray that it may open our whole being to the agony and the power that the infinite love of Jesus in his Passion chose and endured for us.
Overview of the Sorrowful Mysteries
The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony in the Garden
Spiritual Fruit: True contrition for sin
Ten Hail Marys
Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: “Stay here, while I go yonder and pray.”
Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, “My soul is sorrowful unto death.”
Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.”
Finding the disciples asleep: “Could you not watch one hour with me?”
Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.