Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Commemoration of St. Nicholas of Tolentino

Introit • Ps. 83, 10, 11

There stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother’s sister Mary of Cleophas, and Salome, and Mary Magdalen. (John 19: 26, 27) Woman, behold thy son, said Jesus; to the disciple, however, Behold thy mother. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, at Whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin and Mother Mary: mercifully . Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Nicomedes)
Be present with Thy people, O Lord, that receiving the reward of the merits of blessed Nicodemus, Thy martyr, it may ever be assisted by his patronage to obtain Thy mercy. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Judith 13: 22-25

The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, Who by thee hath brought our enemies to nought. Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord Who made Heaven and earth, because He hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men, who shall be mindful of the power of Lord forever; for that thou hast not spared thy life by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God.

Gradual • Ps. 117, 8, 9

Sorrowful and tearful art thou, O Virgin Mary, standing by the cross of the Lord Jesus, thy Son and Redeemer. V. O Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole earth containeth not, the Author of life, made man, beareth this anguish of the cross.

Alleluia, alleluia. Holy Mary, queen of heaven and mistress of the world, stood by the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, sorrowing. Alleluia.



Gospel • John 19: 25-27

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen His mother and the disciple standing whom He loved, He saith to His mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, He saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.


Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou standest in the presence of the Lord, that thou speak good things for us and turn His wrath from us.


We offer Thee prayers and sacrifices, O Lord Jesus Christ, humbly entreating that we, who commemorate in our prayers the piercing of the most dear soul of blessed Mary, Thy Mother, may, through the multiplied intercession of her and of her holy companions under the cross, by the merits of Thy death, receive our portion with the blessed. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Nicomedes)
Graciously receive, O Lord, the gifts offered to Thee, and may the prayer of Thy blessed martyr, St. Nicomedes, commend them. Through our Lord.

Communion • Hebrews 9: 15

Happy the senses of the blessed Virgin Mary, which without death earned the palm of martyrdom beneath the cross of our Lord.


May the sacrifices of which we have partaken, O Lord Jesus Christ, devoutly celebrating the piercing of Thy virgin Mother’s soul, obtain for us with Thy clemency the effect of every salutary benefit. Through our Lord.

(Commemoration of St. Nicomedes)
May the sacrament we have received purify us. O Lord, and, by the intercession of blessed Nicomedes, Thy martyr, cause us to be absolved from all sin. Through our Lord.

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