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Praying the Clausular Rosary on Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Memorial, Prayer, Rosary

Praying the Clausular Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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“Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion.” – Liturgy of the Hours

Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a bit but I felt like I needed it to permeate my day. I remembered, years before, a moment of profound sorrow in Mass on this day. Tears flowed in abundance with shame as I recalled how I had held the teachings of the Catholic Church about Mary in derision – how I held her memory in derision. Today I wanted to, in some small way, make up for my past failures and better honor her.

As I began my rosary it occurred to me that I could pray the Sorrowful Mysteries in clausular form, for each mystery, in a way that would honor Mary’s suffering.

For those unfamiliar with a clausular approach to the Rosary* it can be a powerful way to:

  1. Keep the mystery in mind during the ten “Hail Mary’s”
  2. Slow down the Rosary and make it more meditative, and
  3. Ensure that the repetition doesn’t result in a forgetfulness regarding our prayer – a forgetfulness of God and Mary as we simply move our lips without any real prayer coming fourth.

How does it work?

All of the normal preliminary prayers are said and only one aspect is added to each “Hail Mary.” At the apex of the prayer when it is focused on Christ, the clause is inserted, and then it descends to its normal conclusion.

This brings another benefit, a focus on the true center of the prayer which is Christ Himself – the one to whom Mary draws our attention – the one we see through Mary’s eyes.

Here’s what it looks like in each of the five Sorrowful Mysteries with the clauses in red.

1st Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus in Agony in the Garden

Our Father…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus – with whom you suffered at His torment in the garden. – Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be…
O My Jesus…

2nd Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Scourged at the Pillar

Our Father…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus – with whom you agonized at His torture at the pillar. – Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be…
O My Jesus…

3rd Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Crowned With Thorns

Our Father…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus – with whom you mourned at His ridicule. – Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be…
O My Jesus…

4th Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Takes up the Cross

Our Father…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus – with whom you offered yourself as he embraced the cross. – Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be…
O My Jesus…

5th Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is Crucified

Our Father…

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus – with whom your heart was pierced as He was crucified. – Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be…
O My Jesus…
Hail Holy Queen…

May your heart bleed with Mary’s heart…and through her eyes come to more fully know what Jesus has done for you.

If you would like to participate in a future webinar to learn more about the Clausular Rosary and a more contemplative approach to praying the Rosary, click here to sign up for future Navigating the Interior Life webinars.

*See Blessed Paul VI’s 1974 Apostolic Exhortation Marialis Cultus paragraph 46, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments’ 2001 Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines paragraph 201, and St. John Paul II’s 2002 Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae paragraph 33.

Art: Nossa Senhora das Dores (Our Lady of Pains or Our Lady of Sorrows), Domingos Sequeira (1768-1837), 18th to 19th century, PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

Editor’s Note:  One of our readers mentioned the Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows, or the Seven Dolors Chaplet.  It can be found on site by clicking here.

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  • Jeanette

    Thank you Dan so much. I have now planned that we will say this Clausular Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows at our prayer meeting this afternoon. I wanted to do something special for Mother Mary today and I had a prayer ready for that but what you have presented is much more devotional. God bless you!

  • Patrick Carriveau

    Thank you Dan.

  • Judy Silhan

    Thank you so much. You mentioned this way of praying the Rosary once before; but I did not put it into action. Now, I will also pass it on to members of my Bible Study this morning.

  • Diana Marie Winkler

    Thank you Dan, what a special blessing to share with us today!

  • Sue Dziak Calderon

    Thank you Dan! I also
    find the 7 Dolors Rosary to be a beautiful commemoration of Mary’s Sorrows and also a way to focus on the imitation of her virtues during my struggles

    • LizEst

      Do you mean the Chaplet of our Lady of Sorrows, also known as the Seven Dolors Chaplet, found here?: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2014/09/15/chaplet-of-our-lady-of-sorrows-the-seven-dolors-chaplet

      • Faith Flaherty

        Yes. The rosary is a bit different. It’s seven groups of seven beads.

        • LizEst

          Looks to me like it is the same thing. Did you go to the link for the Seven Dolors Chaplet posted earlier? It says, “The Seven Sorrows Chaplet, also known as the Seven Dolors Chaplet) consists of seven Hail Marys for each of the seven Sorrows.” This means seven groups of seven beads. So, it is the same thing.

    • Faith Flaherty

      Yes! Our Lady herself asked us to pray the Rosary of her Seven Sorrows, so what better to pray than what our Lady desires. http://kibeho-sanctuary.com/index.php/en/liturgy/holy-rosary

  • Charles Fisk

    i built this Mobile rosary that i use to keep me focused on the mysteries as each bead is prayed. I share it with all in this site
    http://stjsa.net/rosary/
    It follows the writings of the gospels.

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  • Liz G

    Beautiful!

  • Ethel Grimes

    I like it! 🙂

  • DianeVa

    Thank you Dan…beautiful way to pray the Rosary!

  • Maria Gabriela Salvarrey Rodri

    Love it. Thank you very much. God Bless you and your Apostalate.

  • Marg

    Thank Dan for sharing a more prayful way of praying the rosary! I’ve struggled praying the rosary in the past and I truly fill the Lords presence and a closer relationship to my Heavenly Mother praying the rosary from my heart well reflecting in prayer! thanks again for this Holy insight! God Bless You Dan!

  • Mary Fran Cherry

    Ah, I’ve heard this odd addition to the Hail Mary when listening to the rosary on German radio stations in Switzerland. I got the gist of what they were saying, but couldn’t understand WHY they were adding words that didn’t seem to belong. Thank you for this explanation. Now I understand.

  • Tony Hassett

    Thanks Dan. I also have difficulty concentrating on the mystries and have found the “scriptural” rosary helps. Before each Ave a line or two of scripture is read.
    Tony

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