Franciscan Prayer for Our Lady of Sorrows

I wanted to share this beautiful Franciscan prayer on this feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The text is recognizable from being chanted during Lent. But in reading it here with the beautiful and piercing image of Our Lady that accompanies this post, the words truly touched my heart.

Dating God

Our_Lady_of_SorrowssmallOn this feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, I share with you the famous prayer-poem The Stabat Mater, written by the Franciscan poet Jacapone da Todi, OFM in the thirteenth century. It is likely very familiar to many who have sung or chanted this text during Lent at the Stations of the Cross (another Franciscan devotion) or on Good Friday.

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, his sorrow sharing,
All his bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword had passed.

Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of the sole begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
‘Whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her…

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2 thoughts on “Franciscan Prayer for Our Lady of Sorrows

  1. nancyehead September 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Love your website. I am an evangelical with a Catholic son and daughter-in-law also struggling with infertility. God bless you with children! Have you read My Sisters the Saints? I loved it.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 17, 2015 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I actually just read it this summer and absolutely loved it! It was very inspiring. I will keep your son & daughter-in-law in my prayers that they will be blessed with children too. God bless!

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