Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows
SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY
The Prophecy of SimeonThe Mother stands with infant child,
And in her mind thoughts run wild,
A prophecy he dared to say.
The first sword to pierce the day
The Flight into EgyptLeave house and home and all you see,
Into the desert three must flee,
Death a king does cast your way.
The second sword to pierce the day.
The Loss of the boy Jesus in the TempleThe fear of loss does pierce thy heart,
You know not if the child did start,
Nor if he stayed or pulled away.
The third sword to pierce the day.
Meeting Jesus on the Way of the CrossThe eyes of Him now meets your own,
As He walks that road alone,
What can you do, what can you say?
The fourth sword to pierce the day.
The Crucifixion of JesusYour flesh and blood your only child,
Pierced by - a crowd gone wild,
All have left, they’ve run away.
The fifth sword to pierce the day.
Into your arms, His life is spent,
The taking down of Jesus from the Cross
His garments and his body rent,
You had hoped for some other way.
The sixth sword to pierce the day.
The burial of Jesus
The ground receives him dank and dark,
Yet still within pierced heart - a spark,
With head bowed down you went away.
The final sword to pierce the day.
The Chaplet of Seven Sorrows and a meditative pamphlet (free PDF) may be obtained here.
More poetry by James M. Hahn available in The Last Dragon and other Poems, available November 2017