Sorrowful Mysteries     

The Agony in the Garden     

Let us pray for mothers and fathers who are in agony because they are tempted to abort a child. May they be given the good news that there are alternatives, and may they make use of the help that is available.

The night before he died, Jesus went to the lonely garden of Gethsemane. He took his closest friends and asked them repeatedly to watch with him. He prayed that if possible, his Father might remove this cup of suffering from him. But aware of the dominance of evil in men's hearts he knew how much atonement was needed. Each time he looked, his friends were asleep. At such a crisis how could they sleep?

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

Today, Christ is crucified again each time an infant is aborted: what we do to the least of his brethren, we do to him. Must we also fall asleep? Rather, let us watch and pray.

The Scourging     

As Christ's flesh was torn by the instruments of those who scourged Him, so the bodies of babies in the womb are torn by the instruments of the abortionists. Let us pray that abortionists may repent of these acts of child-killing.

The chief priests envied Jesus' message, all truth and light. But if they accepted his leadership, how would the Romans react? Better to sacrifice one innocent man than set the whole nation at risk. Best hand him over to the Romans, to be scourged and crucified.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

  Most pro-abortionists are too respectable to do themselves what they advocate: they hand over the baby to others to be mutilated. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

The Crowning With Thorns     

Jesus suffered the pain of thorns in His head, and did so silently. We pray for the mothers and fathers of aborted children. So many of them suffer deep grief and regret over a choice they can never reverse. So many suffer in silence, because others tell them it's no big deal.

Our Lady came to Fatima with a message for us all: pray the Rosary daily for peace. Do much penance in reparation for the sins of the world.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

Jesus has endured enough insult and pain already: we must not continue to heap these upon him. Thorns from enemies were terrible: insults from friends are even worse. How painful for him to receive back, mutilated, a unique gift of life he has sent.

The Carrying of the Cross     

Jesus was not condemned by the power of wicked people. He was condemned because of the silence of good people. Silence always helps the oppressor, never the victim. Let us pray that we may never be silent about abortion, but rather will clearly speak up to save babies from death.

Jesus set out for Calvary, laden with his own cross, like a lamb to the slaughter. He had been given a couple of token trials, before the Sanhedrin and Pilate. But they were only gestures: the minds of the intellectuals had been made up. His death would solve a problem. He was ready for all this. He had taught that what was hidden from the wise and prudent was revealed to little ones. Some little ones suffer like him: death without trial. Mothers should weep for themselves and for their children.

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

Mary, please pray for all women with child that they may have a share in the journey from Calvery to the Resurrection. Amen

The Crucifixion     

As we ponder the death of Christ, let us remember the many women who have died from so-called "safe, legal" abortions. Let us ask forgiveness and mercy for them. May their memory save other women from making this tragic mistake.

Jesus suffered a long, cruel, agonising death. Throughout he stayed true to his Father. He stayed true to all he had said, true to his love for us. The bystanders heard his words of love and forgiveness, of concern for his mother, of the gift of a mother to a sinful family. But he cried, "Father, why hast thou forsaken me?"

Our Father   

Hail Mary (say ten times)

Glory Be   

Fatima Prayer   

Let us Pray:    

How could his people let him feel so abandoned? He suffers again with each aborted baby. Let us not now abandon him or them.

These prayers are taken from the Priests for Life prayers, and from the book Meditations on the Rosary by Cannon James Morrow