Season of Consolation: Reflecting on the Sorrowful Mysteries


6 Mar 2019

Individuals and prayer groups will be able to explore the Sorrowful Mysteries this Lent, with a series of weekly reflections leading up to Easter.

We pray these mysteries to provide us with a wellspring of consolation and help to draw upon during our own times of need. When we pray, let us keep before our eyes the reciprocal nature of our relationship with Jesus.

Let us be moved by the reality that during our own times of trial, grief, fatigue, and suffering, Jesus draws close. He walks with us in what we are experiencing, accompanying us in and through the days of darkness.

As Jesus enters his sorrow and anguish we are called to be his faithful companions, just like the three women who remained by the foot of the Cross (John 19:25). On the third day, one of these women heard Jesus call her by name: ‘Mary!’ (John 20:16). Mary of Magdala became the first witness to his resurrection.

May we follow in her footsteps, finding life in Jesus’ presence. In him alone is our hope.

Quick links to the weekly reflections

Week One – The Agony in the Garden (or Download PDF version)

Week Two – The Scourging at the Pillar (or Download PDF version)

Week Three – The Crowning with Thorns (or Download PDF version)

Week Four – The Carrying of the Cross (or Download PDF version)

Week Five – The Crucifixion (or Download PDF version)



James O'Brien is an Editorial Assistant with Jesuit Communications.
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