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Life is NOT Hopeless
Find Peace Through
The Sorrowful Mysteries
Of The Catholic Rosary

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the
world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
nor let it be afraid."
-John 14:27

Sorrowful mysteries

Everyone experiences sorrows and heartaches. Meditating upon the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary will help you find peace during life's ups and downs.

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus loves you. They recall how He suffered and died just for you.

When He was in the Garden of Olives during His agony, He sweat drops of blood as He saw all the sins that were ever and ever will be committed.

He saw all of my sins and He saw all of your sins. He suffered and died to make amends for the sins all. It is very reassuring to know that Someone loves you that much. The fact that Jesus loves you should bring great peace to your mind.

The Sorrowful Mysteries commemorate
Jesus' ultimate act of Redemption

"Greater love than this no man hath,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."
-John 15:13

Jesus is the Messiah, the promised one, Who came to open the gates of Heaven for all and make all who would keep His commandments children of God.

He atoned for the sins of mankind by His crucifixion.

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve's sin, but life entered the world through Jesus' suffering...

"And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive." -1 Corinthians 15:22

The Sorrowful Mysteries recount all the sorrows of Jesus' Passion and death...

So you can explore the depth of each mystery further, each decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries have been listed below...

The Agony In The Garden
Jesus fell upon his face in an agony being overwhelmed by what He knew He must suffer the next day in atonement for the sins of mankind. He prayed to God, "My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." read more...

Scourging At The Pillar
Jesus was stripped of His clothes and tied to a stone pillar. He was surrounded by a blood thirsty mob who were shouting and encouraging the cruel Roman soldiers as they lashed His divine flesh with leather whips tipped with sharp stones. Blood flowed forth as His flesh was torn... read more...

The Crowning With Thorns
As if it wasn't bad enough having Jesus scourged, the cruel soldiers mocked Him and crowned Him with thorns. They clothed Him in a scarlet robe, the color of royalty. Then they pressed upon Jesus a thorn crown. They placed a reed into His right more...

The Carrying of the Cross
After Jesus was mocked and crowned with thorns, He was stripped of the purple robe and dressed in His own clothing. This caused such torment for the wounds from the scourging were reopened and pained Jesus anew. Jesus was then forced to carry His own cross to Calvary... read more...

The Crucifixion of Jesus
When Jesus looked down from the cross upon His sorrowing mother, He said to her, "Woman, behold thy son." Then looking at John, Jesus said, "Behold thy mother." Jesus was not only asking John to care for Mary, which he did, but Jesus was also giving Mary to be the mother of all... read more...

Luminous mysteries

Having a clearer picture of the scene and significance of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary will greatly enhance your meditation.

Remember the means by which the Rosary prayer brings about such inner peace is the use of both mental and vocal prayer.

This is how your mind internalizes the events in the life of Jesus.

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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary

Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood. The most joyful event in all of human history is the Incarnation or when God became man and dwelt among us read more...

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
What a gift the the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are. Meditating on these Mysteries of Light bring even deeper understanding of the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between Jesus' childhood and His suffering and death on the cross. Therefore read more...

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus loves you. He suffered and died for you. "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -John 15:13. You are loved by Jesus read more...

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead, making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious events as you pray the Rosary prayer will keep your faith alive and strong read more...

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Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.
-From the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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