Prayer in honor of the Sixth Sorrow of Mary,
the Piercing of the Side of Jesus and His Descent from the Cross:
Most Sorrowful Mother, when your Son’s body was lowered from the cross and laid in your arms, sorrow filled your heart. Though now this sorrow had a note of relief, how painful it was for you to gaze on that body, formerly the seat of perfect life, health and beauty, gruesomely scarred, pale and lifeless.
Mother, Queen of Martyrs, let me join my heart to yours in this grief, and obtain for me to receive Jesus into my soul before I die, so I may join Him in heaven forever.
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 agonised 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…
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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.