Prayer in honor of the Third Sorrow of Mary,
the Finding of Jesus in the Temple:
Most sorrowful Mother, grief, sorrow and anxiety filled your Immaculate Heart when you found you were separated from your Son on leaving Jerusalem. For three days He remained lost to you and to your holy spouse. For three days you sought Him who was the light of your life. And for three days you failed to find Him.
Let me join you in this pain, O Queen of Martyrs, and obtain for me the grace to never lose Jesus through sin, but to stay united to Him by the help of His grace. If I have the misfortune of falling, may I never doubt His mercy and always return through the Sacrament of Confession, which He instituted.
Prayer to our Sorrowful Mother for a particular grace:
O mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the cross. By the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathising with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.
Dear Mother, because your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully hear my prayer and to grant this prayer in accord with His most perfect will. Therefore, through the merits of His Sacred Passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the cross, I pray…
(Mention your intention here…)
Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? I beseech you to offer Jesus but one drop of His most Precious Blood and but one pang of His Loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.