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The Scriptural Rosary
Sorrowful Mysteries

The following passages of Scriptural Rosary are taken from Your Scriptural Rosary, Charles L. Painter; 1978.

Sorrowful Mysteries - Scriptural Rosary

The First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the Garden

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. After the Paschal Supper, Jesus said:  "The Prince of this world is coming!  He has no rights over Me.  But the world must be shown that I do My Father's will."  (John 14:30-31)
  2. From Jerusalem He led His chosen disciples out by moonlight to the Mount of Olives.  At the garden by the oil-press, He said:  "Sit here while I go and pray."  (Mark 14:32)
  3. He took with Him Peter, John and James.  Jesus was terror-stricken and deeply sad.  He told them to keep watch with Him, and he paced away a short distance.  (Mark 14:33-35)
  4. Face-down on the ground, He prayed:  "My Father, You can do all things - take this bitter test from Me!  Yet, not My will but what You will."  (Mark 14:36)
  5. He got up and alerted the three apostles:  "Do stay awake!  And pray that you are not put to the test.  For the spirit is willing but the flesh weak."  (Mark 14:37-38)
  6. He paced away again, fell to the ground and said:  "My Father, if this bitter cup may not pass away without My drinking it, Your will be done!"  (Matthew 26:42)
  7. Again He found the three men fast asleep.  They were worn out and did not know what to say.  So He let them sleep on.  And Jesus prayed as before.  (Mark 14:40)
  8. An angel then brought Him strength.  Jesus prayed the harder in His anguish; His sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.  (Luke 22:43-44)
  9. Finally, He roused the three saying:  "Still at your ease?  Enough!  Get up!  The Son of May is betrayed to sinful men, the traitor is approaching us!" (Mark 14:41-42)
  10. The apostle Judas appeared in the torchlight - he was guiding the crowd of armed men and temple guards, sent out from Jerusalem to seize and arrest "Jesus of Nazareth".  (Mark 14:43)

The Second Sorrowful Mystery - The Scourging at the Pillar

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. "Put down your sword!"  Jesus told Peter.  "This is the cup I must drink.  My Father could send legions of angels to defend Me, but how would I fulfill the Scripture?"  (Matthew 26:52-53)
  2. He rebuked the leaders of the crowd:  "You saw Me teaching in the Temple daily, but here you seize Me like an outlaw!  Yet your Hour is when Darkness rules!"  (Luke 22:52-53)
  3. They led Him to the High Priest's palace.  There the Jewish Council sought evidence to warrant His death.  Caiphas demanded:  "Are you the Christ, the Son of God?"  (Mark 14:53;61)
  4. Jesus replied:  "So you say.  But I say, you will see the SOn of Man again, seated at the right hand of God and coming on the clouds of heaven!"  (Matthew 26:64)
  5. Caiphas exclaimed:  "Here is a blasphemy!"  The Council agreed:  "The man should die!"  Put in jail for the night, Jesus was struck and mocked for His prophecy.  (Matthew 26:65-66)
  6. At dawn, the Council assembled and took Him to obtain the warrant for His death.  Outside the Roman Citadel, they cried:  "This man is misleading our people!"  (Luke 23:2)
  7. The Procurator questioned Jesus:  "Are you a king?"  He replied:  "I was born and came into the world to speak of the truth.  Whoever is subject to the truth, hears Me."  (John 18:33-37)
  8. Hearing that He came from Galilee, Pilate sent Him to Herod, who was in town.  Jesus ingnored the corrupt Tetratch.  We was returned in regal dress to Pilate.  (Luke 23:6-11)
  9. The Procurator announced to the Jews:  "Herod and I find no guilt in the man.  As I always free a prisoner at Passover, I will have Him flogged and release Him."  (Luke 23:13-17)
  10. But the Jews shouted:  "Crucify Him!"  Their people cried:  "Release Barabbas!"  To appease them, Pilate freed Barabbas, an outlaw; and Jesus he scourged.  (Luke 23:18-22)

The Third Sorrowful Mystery - The Crowning of Thorns

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. Jesus was scourged by Pilate's soldiers.  Then they dressed Him in a red cloak, crowned Him with a wreath of thorns, placed a cane in His hand as a scepter. (Matthew 27:27-29)
  2. In the Roman drill-yard the whole cohort, one by one, bowed before Him, saying:  "Hail, King of the Jews!"  Many spat at Him and struck His crown with the cane. (Matthew 27:29-30)
  3. Pilate led Him outside and announced to the Jews:  "I bring the man out like this to show that He is innocent of the charge made against Him."  (John 19:4)
  4. "Look at the man!"  said Pilate.  But cruel mockery did not appease them - seeing only Jesus, they shouted the more:  "Away with Him!  Crucify! Crucify Him!"  (John 19:5-6)
  5. Pilate demanded:  "But, why!  How could He deserve death!"  The Jews openly declared:  "By our own Law this man ought to die because he claims to be the Son of God."  (John 19:6-7)
  6. Back inside, Pilate asked Jesus:  "You came from where?  He was silent.  Pilate said:  "You now ignore me!  Surely you know that I can free you or have your crucified!"  (John 19:9-10)
  7. Jesus spoke:  "You would have no power over Me if not granted you from above; and so, the one who freely handed Me over to you has the greater guilt."  (John 19:11)
  8. Pilate tried to find a way to free Him, but outside the Jews were shouting:  "The man does claim to be a king.  If you release Him, you are disloyal to Caesar."  (John 19:12)
  9. The Produrator led Jesus out to them, and sitting as a judge he said to the Jews:  "Would you crucify your king?"  They said:  "We have no king but Caesar."  (John 19:13-15)
  10. Pilate washed his hands of any guilt, the Jews responded:  "This man's blood be upon us and upon our children."  Pilate handed Jesus over to their will.  (John 19:16) 

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the Cross

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. Pilate ordered a Roman centurion to crucify the man.  The soldiers took the cane and the bloody cloak from Jesus and put His own clothes on Him.  (Matthew 27:31)
  2. He was placed with two outlaws who were going to be crucified, and together they were marched out of the Roman Citadel onto the street.  (Luke 23:32)
  3. Jesus came forth carrying His cross.  But along the way the soldiers forced a person who was just passing by to shoulder it and walk behind Him.  (Mark 15:21)
  4. The man, Simon of Cyrene, had come in from the country and was making his way into the city when the soldiers pressed him into service.  (Luke 23:26)
  5. A large crowd of people followed them through the noisy busy streets.  In the crowd there was a group of women who were weeping and wailing for Jesus.  (Luke 23:27)
  6. Jesus turned toward those women and said:  "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me - no, weep for yourselves and your children."  (Luke 23:28)
  7. "For the days are surely coming when the people will say:  Lucky!  the woman, who had no child, who never bore one, never nursed one."  (Luke 23:29)
  8. "Then they shall shout to the mountains:  "Fall on us! and cry to the hills:  Hide us!"  (Luke 23:30)
  9. "For if men do such things as this while the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"  (Luke 23:31)
  10. The prominent place for the curcifixions lay just outside the Pphraim Gate - Jesus bore His cross atop the large rocky mound called Calvary, at mid-day.  (John 19:17) 

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery - The Crucifixion

Each passage should be contemplated on each of the 10 Hail Mary rosary beads.

  1. The soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross.  He had refused to drink a drugged wine.  He prayed aloud:  "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they do."  (Luke 23:34)
  2. The two outlaws were cricified, one at His right hand and one at His left.  Above Him was Pilate's written charge:  "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews"  (John 19:18-19)
  3. Dividing His clothes among themselves, four soldiers threw dice to decide who would have His seamless robe.  Then they sat back and kept watch.  (John 19:23-24)
  4. The Jews scoffed, their people jeered:  "You'll ruin the Temple and rebuild it in three days!  If you are God's Son, save yourself.  Come down from the cross!"  (Matthew 27:40-41)
  5. One outlaw taunted Him.  The other said:  "Don't you fear God's will at all?  This fate is a just punishment for you and me, but this Jesus here has done no wrong."  (Luke 23:39-41)
  6. Then he said:  "Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom."  Jesus replied:  "Yes, and I tell you now, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."  (Luke 23:42-43)
  7. His mother and His beloved disciple were standing by Him.  Jesus said to His mother:  "Woman, there is your son."  And He said to the disciple:  "There is your Mother."  (John 19:25-27)
  8. A darkness covered the whole land since mid-day.  Near mid-afternoon Jesus cried out:  "My God, My God, why have you deserted Me?"  (Matthew 27:45-46)
  9. After that He said in fulfillment of the Scripture:  "I am thirsty."  A sponge was soaked in sour wine and raised on a reed up to His lips.  (John 19:28-29)
  10. He sipped the wine and then exclaimed:  "It is all done!"  And with a great shout, "Father, I place My spirit in Your hands" - Jesus bowed His head and died.  (John 19:30-31) 


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