First Sorrowful Mystery:  THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN

1. They went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here, while I pray."

2. He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.

3. He said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch." And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed.

4. "Abba, Father, all things are possible to Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt."

5. He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

6. He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done."

7. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him.

8. And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.

9. When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow,

10. And He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."

-Mk 14:32-38; Lk 22:41-45


Second Sorrowful Mystery:  THE SCOURGING

1. Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

2. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

3. As one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

4. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities

6. Upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with His stripes we are healed.

7. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

8. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth;

9. Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.

10. To this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you and example. that you should follow in His steps.

-John 19:1; Isaiah 53:3-7 I Peter 2:21


Third Sorrowful Mystery:  THE CROWNING WITH THORNS

1. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before Him.

2. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand.

3. And kneeling before Him they mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

4. They spat upon Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head, and struck Him with their hands.

5. Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in Him."

6. So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.

7. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"

8. When the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"

9. Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of th righteous man's blood; see to it yourselves."

10. The soldiers stripped Him of the robe, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

-Matt 27:27-30; John 19:3-6; Matt 27:24, 31


Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS

1. So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross.

2. And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyre'ne, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry His cross.

3. There followed Him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented Him.

4. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

5. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!'

6. For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

7. Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Him.

8. And they brought Him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull).

9. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.

10. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide His garments.

-John 19:1; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:27-32; Mark 15:22; John 19:18; Luke 23:34


Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  THE CRUCIFIXION

1. One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"

2. But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?

3. And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."

4. And he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And He said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

5. Standing by the cross of Jesus were His Mother, and His Mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene.

6. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"

7. Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

8. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "E'lo-i, E'lo-i, la'ma sabach-tha'ni?" which means, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?"

9. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit!"

10. And having said this He breathed His last.

-Luke 23:39-43; John 19:25-27; Mark 15:34; Luke 23:46