A blessed memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows to all, a feast begun in the 1233 – in the youth of that greatest of centuries – with the founding in Florence of the ‘Servite’ Order, when seven young men left the world, banded together in community to follow a life of prayer, charity and devotion to the Blessed Mother. They now comprise friars (priests and brothers), sisters, contemplative nuns, and lay associates, found throughout the world.   The Servite rosary is like the ‘regular’ Rosary, but is said by praying one Our Father and seven Hail Mary’s on each of Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows, or ‘Dolors’:

The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35)

The escape and Flight into Egypt, Matthew, 2:13)

Praise the Lord

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