Also known as Seven Sorrows of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows is popular in Roman Catholic devotion. It is the name that Virgin Mary is referred to in relation to the sorrows in her life.
The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated every September 15, while a feast of Friday of Sorrows is observed in some Catholic countries. In the usual religious Catholic imagery, she is portrayed sorrowful and in tears with one or seven long knives or daggers piercing her heart, often bleeding. (Read: Here’s What the Pope Wants You to Know About Praying the Rosary)
As the patroness of Slovakia, the prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows united the bishops of Slovakia with Pope Francis on the last day of his apostolic trip to the nation. Pope Francis offered this prayer to honor her and ask for guidance and protection.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows
The Holy Father:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R/. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
The Prayer of Entrustment:
Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows,
we are gathered here in your presence as brothers,
grateful to the Lord for his merciful love.
And you are here with us,
as you were with the Apostles in the Upper Room.
Mother of the Church, Consoler of the Afflicted,
with confidence we turn to you,
in the joys and struggles of our ministry.
Look upon us with tenderness
and open your arms to embrace us.
Queen of the Apostles, Refuge of Sinners,
you know our human limitations,
our spiritual failings,
our sorrow in the face of loneliness and abandonment:
with your gentle touch heal our wounds.
Mother of God, our Mother,
to you we entrust our lives and our nation.
To you we entrust our episcopal communion.
Obtain for us the grace
faithfully to put into practice each day
the words your Son taught us,
the words that, in him and with him,
we now lift up to God our Father.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
O God, you invite your Church,
in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
to contemplate the passion of Christ.
Grant that, by her intercession,
we may be ever more conformed
to your only-begotten Son
and attain to the fullness of his grace,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Let us bless the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.
Prayer from aleteia.org.