The Seven Sorrows, also known as Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary, refers to the seven most painful moments that the Virgin Mother encountered during her lifetime as the Christ Jesus’ Mother. Simeon prophesied the sorrows during the Baby Jesus presentation at the temple by his Mother Mary and fostered father, Joseph. He said, “…And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2:35) Below are photos, quotations and litany of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
Ànyù zu ma Simeon a lyǝ nswiŋǝ.
The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15
Mǝ̀khǝnǝ̀ ghǝ fǝfǝ ala’a Egypt.
Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
Mǝ̀byenǝ̀ mǝ Yesù nǝ njwe tarǝ fǝ mǝŋkhǝ.
Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
Màriyà â kwɛtǝ Moo yì fǝfǝ mânduŋǝ Cafariya.
Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
Bǝ bu’ute Yesù nǝ àbàŋnǝ̀ a kwo.
The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
Bǝ shwi’isǝ̀ Yesù fǝ atyǝ àbàŋnǝ̀.
The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark
Compassionate Mother, teach us your ways and give us your courage. Have pity and intercede for the whole world. Amen
Mya ǹtsamǝ̀lìŋnǝ̀, zi’irǝ wi nǝ mânduŋǝ̀ wwò, fya mǝtenǝ mwo a mbwo bǐ. Ko mǝlìŋnǝ̀ nkǝ nshwenǝ atyǝ mbî ntsǝ̀mǝ̀. Adzwilǐ
Litany to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows
Authored By: Pope Pius VII
|Lord, have mercy on us||Christ, have mercy on us|
|Lord, have mercy on us|
|Christ, hear us,||Christ, graciously hear us|
|God, the Father of heaven,||have mercy on us|
|God the Son, Redeemer of the world,||have mercy on us|
|God the Holy Ghost,||have mercy on us|
|Holy Trinity, One God,||have mercy on us|
|Holy Mary, Mother of God,||pray for us.|
|Holy Virgin of virgins,||pray for us.|
|Mother of the Crucified,||pray for us.|
|Sorrowful Mother,||pray for us.|
|Mournful Mother,||pray for us.|
|Sighing Mother,||pray for us.|
|Afflicted Mother,||pray for us.|
|Foresaken Mother,||pray for us.|
|Desolate Mother,||pray for us.|
|Mother most sad,||pray for us.|
|Mother set around with anguish,||pray for us.|
|Mother overwhelmed by grief,||pray for us.|
|Mother transfixed by a sword,||pray for us.|
|Mother crucified in thy heart,||pray for us.|
|Mother bereaved of thy Son,||pray for us.|
|Sighing Dove,||pray for us.|
|Mother of Dolors,||pray for us.|
|Fount of tears,||pray for us.|
|Sea of bitterness,||pray for us.|
|Field of tribulation,||pray for us.|
|Mass of suffering,||pray for us.|
|Mirror of patience,||pray for us.|
|Rock of constancy,||pray for us.|
|Remedy in perplexity,||pray for us.|
|Joy of the afflicted,||pray for us.|
|Ark of the desolate,||pray for us.|
|Refuge of the abandoned,.||pray for us.|
|Shiled of the oppressed,||pray for us.|
|Conqueror of the incredulous,||pray for us.|
|Solace of the wretched,||pray for us.|
|Medicine of the sick,||pray for us.|
|Help of the faint,||pray for us.|
|Strength of the weak,||pray for us.|
|Protectress of those who fight,||pray for us.|
|Haven of the shipwrecked,||pray for us.|
|Calmer of tempests,||pray for us.|
|Companion of the sorrowful,||pray for us.|
|Retreat of those who groan,||pray for us.|
|Terror of the treacherous,||pray for us.|
|Standard-bearer of the Martyrs,||pray for us.|
|Treasure of the Faithful,||pray for us.|
|Light of Confessors,||pray for us.|
|Pearl of Virgins,||pray for us.|
|Comfort of Widows,||pray for us.|
|Joy of all Saints,||pray for us.|
|Queen of thy Servants,||pray for us.|
|Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,||pray for us.|
|Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin,||that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ|
Let us pray
O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
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African dishes are becoming part and parcel of most kitchens in the world nowadays. Koki and Ripe Plantain is a typical African dish. It is a dish so abundant in the various food nutrients. This traditional dish has become so popular that it is now eaten in many countries of the world because of its richness. The main ingredients used to prepare a tasty Koki and Ripe Plantain dish are,
- koki beans
- ripe plantains
- red palm oil
- tender cocoyam leaves
- pepper for those who eat pepper.
This video shows us the ingredients to prepare a good dish of Koki and Ripe Plantains. Subscribe and share with friends.
- The beans and tender coco-yam leaves are harvested from the farm or bought from the market or store. All the other ingredients are gotten from the store. Spinach can be used where cocoyam leaves are not accessible.
- Soak the full beans grains for about 2 to 3 hours and wash. If crushed, soak and wash immediately.
- Slice the tender cocoyam leaves.
- Grind the beans after washing.
- Put the paste in a mortar, add a bit of salt and magi and stir or beat it for about three to four minutes.
- Add salt and magi to taste. Stir again for some time until it rises and almost double the quantity.
- Add the cocoyam leaves, and then it is ready to tie in bundles.
- Add red palm oil in each bundle before tying.
- Put in a sizable pot, add water and steam for about 45 mins to one hour.
- After grinding blend the paste very well. Add enough water and then all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
- Tie in bundles and steam in a sizable pot.
Some Health Benefits of Koki and Rip Plantains
- The steaming method used in cooking koki retains a lot of vegetable proteins from the beans that are good for the body.
- Red palm oil gives us vitamins and fats.
- The tender cocoyam leaves give us vitamins and help in building our blood.
- Plantains provide us with calcium and starch.
Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama is a typical African dish, so rich in the various food nutrients. This traditional dish has become so popular that it is now eaten in many countries of the world because of its richness. The main ingredients used to prepare a tasty corn fufu and njyama-njyama dish are as listed below.
- corn flour
- vegetables (njyama-njyama} also called huckleberry Other leaf vegetables can be used such as bitter leaf.
- vegetable oil
- Pepper for those who like it.
- banana leaves
Method for preparing Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama
- Harvest the huckleberry (Njyama-njyama) from the farm or buy from the market. The quantity depends on how much fufu and njyama-njyama you want to prepare.Pick the njyama-njyama by removing the hard stems.Wash thoroughly and boil the njyama-njyama for about 20 to 30 minutes, then remove and slice.
- Slice the tomatoes and onion and fry using the vegetable oil and fry about two to three minutes.
- Add salt and magi, and allow to fry for about two or three more minutes depending on the quantity. Pepper can also be added at this stage for those who like it.
- Add the sliced njyama-njyama and stir well. When it is well mixed with the tomato and onion paste, allow it for one or two minutes, then stir and remove from the gas cooker or fireside.
- Trash dry yellow or red corn and grin it at a grinding mill. You may buy already prepared corn flour from a store.
- Put enough water in a sizable pot, depending on your quantity. Allow the water to bubble. Mixed corn flour with water and put in the bubbling water, then stir continuously for about three to four minutes till the dough is thick and tough.
- Add warm water and using a pestle or a wooden spoon , open the dough and let the water go in between the dough down to the bottom of the pot. Then cover and let it cook for about two to three minutes. open and stir till the fufu is smoother, tougher and looks shinny.
- Use the banana leaves to tie. Where there are no banana leaves, you can use film rolls.
- Serve with fried or baked chicken, fish or meat.
Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama is a dish very rich in food nutrients such as,
- fats and oil
This video shows how to prepare Corn Fufu and Njyama-njyama. View and share it with friends.
Achu and Yellow soup is a typical African Traditional dish of the Ngemba clan in Cameroon. It is a dish so abundant in the various food nutrients. This traditional dish, because of its richness, has become so popular that it is now eaten all over the country and in many countries of the world. The process to come out with a tasty dish of Achu and Yellow Soup is in three stages; the preparation, the actual pounding, and the Yellow soup preparation.
The main ingredients for preparing Achu and Yellow soup are coco-yams, banana, red palm oil, cow meat and skin, salt, magi, Limestone (Niki), achu soup spices, and pepper. The pepper is only for those who eat it. In my village setting, the coco-yams and banana are harvested from the farm while the other ingredients bought from the market or store. Of course, in a city, one has to buy all the parts. The traditional plates (banana leaves) are also harvested and warmed over a glowing fire then split in rectangular forms ready for use in the second stage to tie the achu (coco-yam fufu) itself. In a city, we use a dish in place of the leaves.
The coco-yam and banana are washed and put in a sizable pot, beginning with the coco-yams, then the banana, and finally some tender or young coco-yams at the top. The pot is then covered with banana leaves or foil paper and allow to cook until the coco-yam and banana are soft enough for pounding.
Pounded coco-yam and banana
When the coco-yam and banana are well cooked,
- Firstly we peel the tender or young coco-yams and pound.
- Then pound the banana and mixed with the pounded coco-yam. This is done in about two or more batches depending on the quantity. Each batch is mixed up with the previous one to keep it continuously soft and smooth. At the end of this stage, all the pounded coco-yam and banana are well mixed until it is smooth to form a dough.
- Water is added if the dough is too tight; otherwise, it is just fine.
- The softer dough or call it fufu is then removed and tied up in bundles known as bundles of achu.
While the coco-yam and banana are being pounded, the meat and skin is also cooking on the fireplace.
- Firstly, slice the meat and skin and wash it thoroughly.
- Secondly, put in a pot and add enough water, salt, and magi.
- Then, allow to cook until it is soft enough. This can take about thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on the type.
- Mixed the red palm oil and “Niki” in a bowl or pot till it turns pure yellow.
- Drain the stock from the meat and pour it in the bowl or pot. Use a second bowl to mixed the soup well by turning it from bowl to bowl till it is pure yellow and thick enough. You can also use a blender to blend if you have one otherwise continue mixing for about two to three minutes, depending on the quantity.
When these three stages are accomplished then, Achu and Yellow Soup is ready for the table. Yummy!
Considering its ingredients, Achu and Yellow Soup is very rich in
- Carbohydrates from the coco-yams.
- Proteins from the meat.
- Vitamins from red palm oil and vegetable.
- Fats oils from the red palm oil.
- Calcium from the yellow soup
- The yellows soup also fixes minor stomach upsets.