Seven Dolors Rosary: The Servite Rosary

13 Apr

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September 15 is the day that we honor and remember Mary’s title as, “Our Lady of Sorrows”. A rosary reflecting the sorrows of Mary was created by the Servite Fathers in the thirteenth century. Known as both The Seven Dolors Rosary and The Servite Rosary, this rosary is made up of seven groups of seven beads.
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The Seven Dolors Rosary shown above has seven groups of seven beads, divided by medals that show each of the seven sorrows of Mary. There is a pendant with three additional beads.
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The Seven Sorrows of Mary are:
1. The Prophecy of Simon
2. The Flight into Egypt
3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
4. The Meeting with Jesus as He carries His Cross
5. The Crucifixion
6. The Moment Mary Receives the Body of Jesus from the Cross
7. The Moment the Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

The Seven Dolors Rosary

The Seven Dolors Rosary

While most Servite Rosaries begin with a Mater Dolorosa medal, there are variations. Some begin with a crucifix and have a Mater Dolorosa medal attached.

Some Servite Rosaries begins with a crucifix and have a Mater Dolorosa medal attached.

Some Servite Rosaries begins with a crucifix and have a Mater Dolorosa medal attached.

The reverse of the Mater Dolorosa medal shows the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The reverse of the Mater Dolorosa medal shows the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are engraved on the crucifix attached to the Servite Rosary.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are engraved on the crucifix attached to the Servite Rosary.

Four of the sorrows of Mary are engraved on the front of the crucifix and the remaining three are engraved on the reverse.

Four of the sorrows of Mary are engraved on the front of the crucifix and the remaining three are engraved on the reverse.

The Servite Fathers developed the Seven Dolors Rosary as a reminder of Mary’s suffering on earth.

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