Today is the Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Grant us the grace to ponder well,
The Virgin Mother's sorrows seven,
The cruel wounds to Jesus given
O may the tears which Mary poured,
Gain for us pardon of the Lord;
The holy tears which in their worth
Excel all penances of earth.
And may the contemplation sore,
of those five wounds which Jesus bore,
With all the Virgin's sorrows be,
Our joy thoughout eternity.
Praise, Virgin-Born, to thee we give,
Who died to make thy servants live;
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.
Chapter at Lauds: Lam. 2:13
What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea
O God, in whose passion the sword of grief did pierce the gentle soul of the glorious Virgin Mary, thy Mother, that so might be fulfilled the word of thy Prophet Simeon : mercifully grant that we who here do call to mind her sorrows; may be fulfilled woth the blessed fuits of thy passion. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.