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Praying the Rosary with the Bridegroom

A few years ago, a dear friend asked me if I saw any traces of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in The Song of Songs. I had just finished writing and illustrating, “The Seven Joys of the Bride and the Bridegroom: A Song of Songs Scriptural Rosary”. My response at the time was that I would have to ponder that question and take it to prayer. I needed a long time to ponder, pray and let that seed grow but now the fruit has ripened.

In the broadest sense, The Song of Songs is the story of God’s faithful and unconditional love of humanity. In another, it is the duet of love sung by the Bridegroom, Christ, and His Bride, the Church. As members of His Church, we are each a soul-bride of Christ. He is our Divine Bridegroom Who loves us with an ardent, selfless, eternal love even unto death. His love is the “love strong as death” that The Song of Songs praises. In fact, He proved to us that His love is stronger than death by rising on the third day! 

Mary, is both Mother and Bride. In the natural order she is the Mother of God, the Woman who was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. She carried Jesus within her womb, birthed Him, nursed Him, and cared for Him. She was also His first disciple. She followed Him in His ministry and stayed with Him when the other disciples abandoned Him. She stood at the foot of the Bridegroom’s Cross enduring the torment and grief of her Son’s cruel death. At the foot of the cross, she became, spiritually, His bride and the Church was born. When we read the Song of Songs, we can think of Mary as the Bride. We are very familiar with her title as Spouse of the Holy Spirit and so, she is the first soul-bride of God.

The Rosary is a meditation on the lives of Jesus and Mary. When we meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary with verses from the Song of Songs, we contemplate their roles as the Bridegroom of Humanity and the Bride, the Church, who responds to the love of the Bridegroom with the gift of Herself.

I hope that as you pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of this Song of Songs inspired Rosary, you will become more deeply convicted of the strength of Christ’s love for you. May you also grow in your gratitude for God’s gift of Mary as a model and teacher of how to respond to the Bridegroom’s love.

May the truth of verse 7:11 of God’s divine love song echo in your heart, “I am my Beloved’s and His desire is for me.”

Together in His Heart,

Laura Ercolino

You can purchase a the booklet of all five Mysteries of the Rosary with meditations from the Song of Songs here: Praying the Rosary with the Bridegroom.

The Passion of the Bridegroom: A Song of Songs Scriptural Meditation on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Opening Prayer:

Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealousy relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of Yahweh himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. (The Song of Songs 8:6-7)

Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

The First Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Scripture Luke 22:39-46 “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’

Song of Songs 5:2-3 “I slept, but my heart was awake. Hark! my beloved is knocking. ‘Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.’ I had put off my garment, how could I put it on? I had bathed my feet, how could I soil them?

Intention: for the graces of sensitivity of soul and spiritual alertness so we may always respond to the Bridegroom’s knocking.

Our Father

10 Hail Marys: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, His head wet with dew and drops of blood.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, who seek the One Whom our souls love, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be, Fatima Prayer

The Second Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Scripture Isaiah 53:3-5 “He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face; spurned, and we held Him in no esteem. Yet it was our pain that He bore, our sufferings He endured. We thought of Him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted, but He was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole; by His wounds we were healed.”

Song of Songs 5:7 “I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer.

The watchmen found me, as they went about in the city; they beat me, they wounded me, they took away my mantle, those watchmen of the walls.”

Intention: for the grace of contrition for my sins that we might console Christ in His agony with our true repentance. 

Our Father

10 Hail Marys: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, being beaten and wounded, while giving no answer. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, who seek the One Whom our souls love, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be, Fatima Prayer

The Third Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

Scripture Mark 15:16-20 “The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.”

Song of Songs 3:11 “Daughters of Zion, come and see King Solomon, wearing the diadem with which his mother crowned him on his wedding day, on the day of his heart’s joy.”

Intention: for the graces of perseverance and patience in our sufferings that we might wear a wedding crown of thorns in union with You.

Our Father

10 Hail Marys: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, wearing the crown with which His Mother crowned Him on His wedding day. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, who seek the One Whom our souls love, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be, Fatima Prayer

The Fourth Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Scripture Mark 15:20-23 “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.”

Song of Songs 4:6-8 “Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and the hill of frankincense. You are all fair, my love; there is no flaw in you. Come with me from Lebanon, my bride: come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the peak of Ama′na, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the dens of lions, from the mountains of leopards.”

Intention: for the graces of compassion and generosity that we might willingly help our brothers and sisters to carry their crosses and, in so doing, help You.

Our Father

10 Hail Marys:  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, His love for us carrying Him to the mountain of myrrh. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, who seek the One Whom our souls love, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be, Fatima Prayer

The Fifth Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of our Bridegroom

Scripture Mark 15:37-39 “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’”

Song of Songs 7:8 “I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches.”

Intention: for the grace of knowledge of Jesus’ love for us so that we might desire intimacy and union with Him above all else.

Our Father

10 Hail Marys:  Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, climbing the palm tree of the Cross.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, who seek the One Whom our souls love, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, Hail Holy Queen

Closing Prayer: Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealousy relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of Yahweh himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. (The Song of Songs 8:6-7)

Hail Holy Queen

Laura Ercolino – copyright 2024

Laura is a mother, writer, artist, spiritual mentor, and founder of Hope’s Garden. She has experienced the redemptive power of the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom and like the Bride of The Song of Songs is passionate about sharing the truth of His intimate love for each one of us. Creativity and art have been at the heart of her healing journey and she feels called to share her creative talents with the hope of bringing beauty and the love of God to others.

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