Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress, my heart is turned within me, for I am full of bitterness: abroad the sword destroyeth, and at home there is death alike.
(Lam, i. 20)


Weeping she hath wept in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: there is none to comfort her of all them that were dear to her.
(Lam, i. 2)


(This Litany was written in his captivity by Pius VII, who granted a plenary indulgence to all those who recite it, with a contrite heart on Fridays.)



Lord have mercy upon us.

Christ have mercy upon us.

Lord have mercy upon us.

Christ hear us.

Christ graciously hear us.


God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.


Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Mother Crucified, pray for us.

Sorrowful Mother, pray for us.

Tearful Mother, pray for us.

Afflicted Mother, pray for us.

Forsaken Mother, pray for us.

Desolate Mother, pray for us.

Mother bereft of thy Child, pray for us.

Mother transfixed with the sword, pray for us.

Mother overwhelmed with grief, pray for us.

Mother filled with anguish, pray for us.

Mother crucified in heart, pray for us.

Mother most sad, pray for us.

Fountain of tears, pray for us.

Mass of suffering, pray for us.

Mirror of patience, pray for us.

Rock of constancy, pray for us.

Anchor of confidence, pray for us.

Refuge of the forsaken, pray for us.

Shield of the oppressed, pray for us.

Subduer of the unbelieving, pray for us.

Comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.

Medicine of the sick, pray for us.

Strength of the weak, pray for us.

Harbour of the wrecked, pray for us.

Calmer of tempests, pray for us.

Resource of mourners, pray for us.

Terror of the treacherous, pray for us.

Treasure of the faithful, pray for us.

Eye of the Prophets, pray for us.

Staff of the Apostles, pray for us.

Crown of Martyrs, pray for us.

Light of Confessors, pray for us.

Pearl of Virgins, pray for us.

Consolation of Widows, pray for us.

Joy of all Saints, pray for us.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Jesus,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Jesus.


Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love: sorrow, to endure every sorrow for thee; love to despise every love for thine.


Taken from: Manual of Devotions of Our Lady of Sorrows, Edition 1861

Pray for us Oh Virgin Most Sorrowful;
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!