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First Sorrowful Mystery

The Agony in the Garden

In his anguish he prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. Then he rose from prayer and came to his disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted with grief.
(Luke 22, 44-45)
Fruit of the Mystery: Sorrow for Sin


Second Sorrowful Mystery

The Scourging at the Pillar

Pilate's next move was to take Jesus and have him scourged.
(John 19, 1)
Fruit of the Mystery: Purity


Third Sorrowful Mystery

Crowning with Thorns

They stripped off his clothes and wrapped him in a scarlet military cloak. Weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on his head, and stuck a reed in his right hand...
(Matthew 27, 28-29)
Fruit of the Mystery: Courage


Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Carrying of the Cross

... carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).
(John 19, 17)
Fruit of the Mystery: Patience


Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

The Crucifixion

Jesus uttered a loud cry and said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." After he said this, he expired.
(Luke 23, 46)
Fruit of the Mystery: Perseverance


"If the apostles and martyrs while still in the body can pray for others, at a time when they should still be solicitous about themselves, how much more will they do so after their crowns, victories, and triumphs?"
St. Jerome


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