Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 15 April |
Saint of the Day: Bl. César de Bus
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

A heartfelt plea to Our Lady of Sorrows written by St. Bonaventure

SAINT BONAVENTURE

Public Domain

Philip Kosloski - published on 09/15/18

The prayer invokes the powerful intercession of the Virgin Mary, who suffered greatly at the foot of the cross.

It is difficult to imagine the amount of sorrow that the Blessed Mother experienced on Calvary. She witnessed the mutilation of her Divine Son and his public humiliation on the cross. It pierced her heart, but as Simeon prophesied, this occurred “that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35).

Therefore, it is with confidence that we bring our petitions before the feet of our Sorrowful Mother, uniting ourselves with her suffering, making her tears our own.

St. Bonaventure wrote a heartfelt prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, invoking her intercession while also pledging to stand with the Virgin Mother in her grief. Through this union, it is hoped that we are brought closer to Christ and keep the glory and joys of Heaven always in our sights.

O most holy virgin, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affections for the passing joys of this earth, I may long for the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforth all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed toward this one most desirable object.Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate mother of God.Amen.




Read more:
A short guide to praying the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary


JESUS,MARY

Read more:
A Marian alternative to the Stations of the Cross

Tags:
Prayers for a Particular NeedSaints
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
2
SAINT FAUSTINA,CELL
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
St. Faustina’s coffee cup and lessons for Divine Mercy Sund...
3
HOLY SEPULCHRE CROSSES
Zelda Caldwell
Mystery of crosses on walls of Church of the Holy Sepulchre may h...
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
St. Padre Pio: His life, his miracles and his legacy
5
JESUS
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
6
DIVINE MERCY
Aleteia
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
7
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.