Prayer to Our Lady of Solitude
Most dignified Mother of God who,
being at the foot of the Cross with Jesus,
your Onlybegotten Son, saw him suffer,
agonize and die, remaining alone and
helpless, without any other relief than
sorrow, and without any other company
My soul wants to participate, O dolorous
Virgin in your pains and afflictions,
so that you accompany me my whole life
in the just sentiment of the death of
your beloved Son.
Permit me, O Solitary Turtledove, to
assist you continuously in your so bitter
Solitude, feeling what you feel, and
crying for what you cry.
Infuse in my chest, O Mother of true
love, an enflamed charity to love your Divine
Son, who for love of me died crucified;
and grant me the favor I ask for in this
prayer, for the glory of God, your honor
and the benefit of my soul. Amen
Our Lady of Solitude Prayer
O sweetest Mother of mine, Virgin of Solitude!
Humbly postrated before your miraculous image,
I come to strip away the sadness and burdens
of my afflicted heart.
You know how to
understand better than anyone my needs
and afflictions. You are Mother of God
and can well alleviate them.
You are Mother of men and want to remedy them.
You who cried so much, wipe away my tears.
You who suffer so much alleviate my dolors.
You who are robed so sadly and desolate,
dispel my sadness.
Look at me with your
eyes full of sweetness. Listen to my supplicating
pleas and grant me the special grace that I ask
of you in this prayer, if it be convenient for
the glory of God and the good of my soul, or
that your divine will be fulfilled. Amen
Pray 3 Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias
After having buried the dead
body of Jesus Christ in the
tomb that Joseph of Arimathea
had provided, Holy Mary is left
in SOLITUDE remembering the
torments suffered by her Son,
and awaits His glorious
The devotion to Our Lady of
Solitude spread throughout all
of Europe during the 15th century, thanks in large
part to the Order of the Servites,
known for their devotion to Our
Lady of Dolors. The
Solitude of Mary is the last of
the Seven Dolors of the Virgin Mary.
Saint Peter Weeping before the Virgin Mary
by Guercino; 1647; Musée du Louvre, Paris, France;
Descent to Limbo
by Duccio di Buoninsegna; 1308-1311; Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italia;
Christ in Limbo
(Cell 31) by Fra Angelico; 1441-1442; Convento di San Marco, Florence, Italia;
Descent into Limbo
by Giotto di Bondone; 1320-1325; Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany;
From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday
The Lord descends into hell
Something strange is happening - there is a great
silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.
The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.
The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen
asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have
slept ever since the world began. God has died in the
flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parents, as for a lost
sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness
and in the shadow of death, He has gone to free from sorrow
the captives Adam and Eve, He who is both God and the son of
The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon
that had won Him the victory. At the sight of Him, Adam, the
first man He had created, struck his breast in terror and
cried out to everyone: "My Lord be with you all."
Christ answered him: "And with your spirit." He took
him by the hand and raised him up, saying: "Awake, O sleeper,
and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
"I am your God, who for your sake have become
your son. Out of love for you and for your
descendants I now by My own authority command
all who are held in bondage to come forth, all
who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who
are sleeping, to arise.
I order you, O sleeper,
to awake. I did not create you to be held a
prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am
the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands,
you who were created in my image. Rise, let us
leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you;
together we form only one person and we cannot be
For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the
Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above
the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth.
For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man
without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you,
who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden,
and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore
to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks
of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped
nature in my image."
"On my back see the marks of the scourging I
endured to remove the burden of sin that
weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed
firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly
stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side
for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve
from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours.
My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The
sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was
turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out
of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that
paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you
the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who
am life itself am now one with you.
I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded,
but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed
by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The
bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal
dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good
things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for
you from all eternity."
Holy Saturday and Our Lady of Solitude - In silence waiting for the Light to open the path between the shadows of darkness
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