The Servite Rosary
Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 15, 2019
Devotion to the Sorrowful Virgin began in
thirteenth century Florence, when seven professionals withdrew from
the world of business to serve God in a life of penance and prayer.
They had a particular devotion to our Lady, and founded a new
religious order dedicated to her service. They were named,
appropriately enough, the Order of Servites, and their prayer was
focused specifically on a form of the Rosary that recalled the
following sorrows our Lady endured in union with her Son.
THE SEVEN SORROWS OF OUR LADY
1. The Prophecy of
2. The Flight into Egypt.
3. The loss of the Christ
Child in the Temple of Jerusalem.
4. The Meeting with Jesus on
the Way of Cross.
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mt. Calvary.
6. The Piercing of the Side of Jesus with the Lance, & his Descent
from the Cross.
7. The Burial of Jesus by St. Joseph of
This form of the Rosary became extremely popular
between the years 1347 and 1351, when members of the Servite Order
actively promoted its use during the period of the Black Death, a
terrible plague that wiped out a large percentage of the population
of Europe. The Servites were given permission to celebrate a new
feast in honour of these Seven Sorrows, and it is this same feast
that was later formally approved by Pope Pius VII and which we
These so-called Servite Rosaries are readily
available online. To say this Chaplet, begin with the Sign of the
Cross and an Act of Contrition. On the first bead, announce the
First Sorrow (from the list above), say the Our Father, then say a
Hail Mary on each of the seven beads that follow,
concluding with the invocation Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of
Mary, pray for us. Repeat this formula for each of the Sorrows.
After the invocation at the end of the Seventh and Last Sorrow, say
three Hail Marys dedicated to our Lady’s tears, and
conclude as follows:
V. Pray for us, O
Virgin most Sorrowful.
R. That we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we
now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the
intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy
soul was pierced at the time of Thy passion by a sword of grief.
Grant us this favor, O Saviour of the world, Who livest and reignest
with the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
FR. BERNARD G. HALL
Dean of Chapter
Guild of St. Peter