Category Archives: Sorrowful Mysteries

It is not the physical or mental sufferings of Christ which are emphasized in the Gospels, but the shame of Israel’s rejection of her Lord.

— The Cambridge Bible Commentary

We can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive. So much has the love of God been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

— Divine Office; Romans 5.4

In the Sorrowful Mysteries we relive the death of Jesus, we stand at the foot of the Cross beside Mary, to enter with her into the depths of God’s love for humankind and to experience all its life-giving power. Here is found the culmination of the revelation of God’s love and the source of our salvation.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae

The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden
The First Sorrowful Mystery:  The Agony in the Garden

In Gethsemane, Christ experiences a moment of great anguish before the will of the Father, against which the weakness of the flesh would be tempted to rebel. There Jesus encounters all the temptations and confronts all the sins of humanity, in order to say to the Father: “Not my will but yours be done.”  This “Yes” of Christ reverses the “No” of our first parents in the Garden of Eden.  The cost of this faithfulness to the Father’s will is made clear in the following mysteries.

— Rosarium Virginis Mariae