† Servite Rosary †
Chaplet of Seven Dolors (Sorrows)/Servite Rosary
Each medal (or Our Father bead) depicts one of the Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It was instituted in the 13th century in honor of the Seven Sorrows our Lady endured with her Divine Son. It is prayed upon a Chaplet made up of 52 beads, 7 sections of 7 beads are divided from the rest by medals, representing the seven principal sorrows of her life. The Hail Mary is said on the beads and an Our Father on each of the medals.
Meditations for each of the 7 groups:
1) The Prophesy of Simeon over the Tender Infant Jesus (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
2) The Desperate Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
3) The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
4) The Sorrowful Meeting of Jesus & Mary Along the Way of The Cross (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
5) Mary Watches Her Divine Son Suffer and Die upon the Cross (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
6) Jesus is Struck by the Lance, Taken Down from the Cross and Placed in His Poor Mother’s Arms (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
7) Mary Watches as the Body of Her Divine Son is Buried in a Tomb (Our Father, 7 Hail Marys)
(End the Chaplet with 3 Hail Marys in honor of Our Lady’s Tears. )
INDULGENCES – Pope Benedict XIII, September 26th, 1724, granted an indulgence of 200 days for every Our Father and every Hail Mary. to those who, with sincere contrition, and having confessed, or firmly purposing to confess their sins, shall recite this Chaplet on any Friday, or on any day of Lent, on the Festival of the Seven Dolours, or within the Octave; and 100 days on any other day of the year. Pope Clement XII, December 12, 1734, confirmed these indulgences, and moreover granted:
1) A Plenary Indulgence to those who shall have recited this Chaplet for a month every day ~ confession, Communion and Prayers for the Church, required as usual.
2) An indulgence of 100 years to all who should recite it on any day, having confessed their sins, with sincere sorrow, or at least firmly purposing to do so.
3) 150 years to those who should recite it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Holidays of Obligation, with Confession and Communion.
4) A Plenary indulgence once a year, on any day, to those who are accustomed to recite it four times a week, on condition of Confession, Communion, and the Recital of the Chaplet on the day of Communion.
5) 200 years indulgence to all who recite it devoutly after Confession; and to all who carry it about them, and frequently recite it, 10 years’ indulgence every time they shall hear Mass, hear a sermon, or reciting Our Father, and seven Hail Marys shall perform any spiritual or corporal work of mercy, in honor of our Blessed Savior, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or any Saint, their advocate.
(All these indulgences were confirmed by a decree of January 17th, 1747, and rendered applicable to the souls in Purgatory.)
OTHER PROMISES – “This devotion to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother will restore faith and hope to broken hearts and to ruined families; it will help to repair the destruction; it will sweeten sorrow. It will be a new strength for My Church, bringing souls, not only to confidence in My Heart, but also to abandonment to the Sorrowful Heart of My Mother.” (Our Lord to Berthe Petit)
FOUR SPECIAL GRACES – Promised to those devoted to the 7 Sorrows of Mary: Revealed by Our Lord to St. Elizabeth of Hungary:
1) The grace of True Repentance for all their sins should they invoke The Blessed Virgin Mother in the name of her Sorrows before their death.
2) Jesus would protect them in their tribulations all who remember this devotion; they would have His special protection especially at the hour of death.
3) Jesus would impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in Heaven.
4) That He would commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, so that she might obtain for these souls all the graces she wanted to lavish upon them.