This special Seven Sorrows Chaplet rosary consists of seven groups of seven beads recited in remembrance of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, also called the Seven Dolors of Mary. The seven dolors are events in the life of Mary that caused excessive sorrow in her Immaculate Heart, and during which she was especially united to the sufferings of Jesus. These Seven Sorrows are 1) The prophecy of Simeon, 2) The Flight into Egypt, 3) The Loss of the Child Jesus, 4) Meeting Jesus on the Way to the Cross, 5) The Crucifixion, 6) Jesus Pierced by a Spear and Removed from the Cross, and 7) The Burial of Jesus. Each sorrow is depicted on a medal with the sorrowful event on one side, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the other. Seven tear drop, crimson colored beads move from one sorrow to the next, to symbolize the tears of Mary shed for the sins of all her spiritual children. Each bead is a smooth tear shape that catches the light in various shades of crimson. Three Hail Mary's are added at the beginning of the chaplet. The Seven Dolors of Mary devotion was approved by Pope Pius VII in 1815.
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