St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish

The Scriptural Sorrowful Mysteries

Prayed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony of Jesus in the garden
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them: "My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me". And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt". (Mat 26,36-39). And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luk 22,44)

Our Father

Jesus came with them to Gethsemane./ And sadness came over him, and great distress.
Matthew 26:36-37
Hail Mary ...

Then he said, 'My soul is sorrowful to the point of death./ Wait here and keep awake with me.'
Matthew 26:38
Hail Mary ...

Then he withdrew from them,/ and knelt down and prayed.
Luke 22:41
Hail Mary ...

'Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me./ Nevertheless, let your will be done, not mine.'
Luke 22:42
Hail Mary ...

Then an angel appeared to him,/ coming from heaven to give him strength.
Luke 22:43
Hail Mary ...

In his anguish/ he prayed even more earnestly.
Luke 22:44
Hail Mary ...

And his sweat fell to the ground/ like great drops of blood.
Luke 22:44
Hail Mary ...

Then he came back to his disciples and found them sleeping,/ and he said, 'So you had not the strength to keep awake with me one hour?'
Matthew 26:40
Hail Mary ...

'You should be awake,/ and praying not to be put to the test.'
Matthew 26:41
Hail Mary ...

'The spirit is willing,/ but the flesh is weak.'
Matthew 26:41
Hail Mary ...


Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

 

Second Sorrowful Mystery - The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying: "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him: "Thou sayest". And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him:" Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?" And he answered him to never a word Pilate saith unto them: "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" They all say unto him: "Let him be crucified!" And the governor said:" Why, what evil hath he done?" But they cried out the more, saying: "Let him be crucified!" (Mat 27). And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (Mar 15,15) ss

Our Father

They had Jesus bound and handed him over to Pilate./ Pilate questioned him, 'Are you the king of the Jews?'
Mark 15:1-2
Hail Mary ...

Jesus replied, 'Mine is not a kingdom of this world;/ but yes, I am a king.'
John 18:36-37
Hail Mary ...

'I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth;/ and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.'
John 18:37
Hail Mary ...

'Truth?' said Pilate, 'What is that?';/ and with that he went out again to the Jews and said, 'I find no case against him.'
John 18:38
Hail Mary ...

'So I shall have him flogged and then let him go.'/ Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged.
Luke 23:16, John 19:1
Hail Mary ...

Despised and rejected by men,/ a man of sorrows.
Isaiah 53:3
Hail Mary ...

Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly,/ like a lamb that is led to the slaughterhouse.
Isaiah 53:7
Hail Mary ...

Yet he was pierced through for our faults,/ crushed for our sins.
Isaiah 53:5
Hail Mary ...

Ours were the sufferings he bore,/ ours the sorrows he carried.
Isaiah 53:4
Hail Mary ...

On him lies a punishment that brings us peace,/ and through his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5
Hail Mary ...


Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

 

Third Sorrowful Mystery - The Crowning with Thorns
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying:" Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. (Mat 27,27-31)

Our Father

The soldiers led him away to the Praetorium./ Then they stripped him and dressed him up in purple.
Mark 15:16-17, Matthew 27:28
Hail Mary ...

And having twisted some thorns into a crown they put this on his head/ and placed a reed in his right hand.
Mt 27:29
Hail Mary ...

To make fun of him they knelt to him/ saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!'
Matthew 27:29
Hail Mary ...

And they spat on him/ and took the reed and struck him on the head.
Matthew 27:30
Hail Mary ...

Then Pilate took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd/ and said, 'I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your concern.'
Matthew 27:24
Hail Mary ...

Jesus then came out/ wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.
John 19:5
Hail Mary ...

'Here is your king,' said Pilate./ 'Take him away!' they said. 'Crucify him!'
John 19:15
Hail Mary ...

'Why, what harm has he done?'/ But they shouted all the louder, 'Crucify him!'
Mark 15:14
Hail Mary ...

'Do you want me to crucify your king?'/ The chief priests answered, 'We have no king except Caesar.'
John 19:15
Hail Mary ...

So Pilate, anxious to placate the crowd,/ handed him over to be crucified.
Mark 15:15
Hail Mary ...


Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

 

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the Cross
And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said: "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck". ... And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.. (Luk 23,26-32)

Our Father

'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine,/ let him renounce himself.'
Luke 9:23
Hail Mary ...

'And take up his cross every day/ and follow me.'
Luke 9:23
Hail Mary ...

And carrying his own cross/ they led him out to crucify him.
John 19:16; Mark 15:21
Hail Mary ...

And they seized on a man, Simon from Cyrene,/ and made him shoulder the cross and carry it behind Jesus.
Luke 23:26
Hail Mary ...

'Shoulder my yoke/ and learn from me.'
Matthew 11:29
Hail Mary ...

'For I am gentle/ and humble in heart.'
Matthew 11:29
Hail Mary ...

'And you will find rest for your souls./ Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'
Matthew 11:29-30
Hail Mary ...

Large numbers of people followed him,/ and of women too, who mourned and lamented for him.
Luke 23:27
Hail Mary ...

But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me;/ weep rather for yourselves and for your children.'
Luke 23:28
Hail Mary ...

'For if men use the green wood like this,/ what will happen when it is dry?'
Luke 23:31
Hail Mary ...


Glory Be
Fatima Prayer

 

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery - The Crucifixion of Jesus
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother:" Woman, behold thy son!" Then saith he to the disciple: "Behold thy mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. ( Joh 19,25-27)

 

Our Father

When they reached the place called The Skull,/ they crucified him.
Luke 23:33
Hail Mary ...

Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them;/ they do not know what they are doing.'
Luke 23:34
Hail Mary ...

One of the criminals crucified with him said, 'Jesus, remember me/ when you come into your kingdom.'
Luke 23:39, 42; Mark 15:32
Hail Mary ...

'Indeed, I promise you,' he replied/ 'today you will be with me in paradise.'
Luke 23:43
Hail Mary ...

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother/ and the disciple he loved.
John 19:25-26
Hail Mary ...

Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son.'/ Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.'
John 19:26-27
Hail Mary ...

And from that moment/ the disciple made a place for her in his home.
John 19:27
Hail Mary ...

And a darkness came over the whole land, and the earth quaked;/ and the veil of the Temple was torn in two.
Luke 23:44; Matthew 27:51
Hail Mary ...

And Jesus cried out in a loud voice,/ 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.'
Luke 23:46
Hail Mary ...

And bowing his head/ he breathed his last.
John 19:30, Luke 23:46
Hail Mary ...


Glory Be
Fatima Prayer