'Pray My Seven Sorrows to Find Repentance'

Today, Feb. 17, is the optional memorial of the Seven Founders of the Servite Order, a religious community founded in 1233 AD in Italy that is dedicated to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In honor of those holy servants of Our Lady, here's some information on the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows, which they continue to promote.

The Virgin Mary and the Seven Founders of the Servite Order by Giuseppe Tortelli in the Sant'Alessandro church in Brescia, Italy. 
Photo by Wolfgang Moroder.

In her apparitions, Our Lady of Kibeho made an urgent appeal of prayer, repentance, and conversion. She also is said to have requested devotion to the Seven Sorrows. (However, this prayer does not replace the Holy Rosary.)

The Seven Sorrows are based on Scriptural events in the lives of Jesus and Mary that reveal Mary's sufferings.

The Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (also known as the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows) is prayed on special rosary beads that are divided into seven sets of seven, with three concluding beads. Each set of seven begins with an Our Father followed by seven Hail Marys. At the end, on the three remaining beads of the chaplet, three Hail Marys are said in honor of the Tears of Our Sorrowful Mother.

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception have a house in Kibeho and have taken up the task of promoting devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary as part of an authentic Marian spirituality.

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