The Venerable Image of the miraculous Virgin of Solitude of Porta Vaga in Cavite Puerto, was miraculously saved after the beautiful church where She was venerated for more than 300 years was burned by the Japanese in 1945. She is now enthroned at the Church of San Roque where she is venerated with filial love by Her dear children in the city of Cavite.
The Illustrious and Most Reverend Lord, Don Basilio Sancho de Santa Justa y Rufina, by the grace of God, and the Holy See, Apostolic Archbishop of the Philippine Islands, the Council of His Majesty, etc., grants eighty days indulgence to the faithful everytime they pray or assist in this Novena.
Likewise, the Most Reverend and illustrious Lord Fr. Juan Antonio de Orbigo y Gallego, grants another forty days for those who do the same.
And also the illustrious Most Reverend Bishop Jeremias J. Harty, Archbishop of Manila, on the 21st day of October 1909, grants 100 days of indulgence to all who make use of the prayers contained herein and the other 100 who make this novena.
DON CANDIDO URETA MANZANARES, Priest, Doctor of Sacred Theology, Commander of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, Canon of the Holy Cathedral Church, and Secretary of Government House and the Archbishop, etc., certify that, at the request of Fr. Juan Dilag in application for license to print the manuscript entitled in Tagalog: “Pagsisiyam sa mapagpalang Ina, na ang pamagat Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.” S.E.I. has served decree on this date the following:
"We attach herewith to act as license to print in the Tagalog language manuscript entitled ‘Pagsisiyam sa mapagpalang Ina, na ang pamagat Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.’, in response to that as reported by the Censor that our Order has examined such, not contain anything against the dogma and morality, but rather deemed highly desirable for the pious reading of the faithful. Recorded for the Secretariat in testimony of this decree and filed the original subject. - Archbishop Gregory. "
And for the record I give this to the Secretary signed in my office.
Manila, August 3 of 1861.
DR. CANDIDO URETA
By the sign of the Holy Cross, from our enemies, deliver us, Oh Lord, our God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
ACT OF CONTRITION
Virgin most sorrowful! I am aware of Your incomparable grief as well as of the deep pain that wounded Your loving heart during those three days of Your solitude, while Your Son, Jesus, lay dead and burried in the sepulchre, in order that I may be overwhelmed with sorrow for the many times that, through my serious offenses, I have expelled my Lord out of my soul.
I am heartily sorry for all and each one of my sins, and I would even prefer death rather than commit any of them. But from now on, dearest Mother, I am resolved to ammend my life and avoid sin, hoping that Your Divine Son, who suffered a most ignonimous death for my sake, will grant me mercy, forgiveness of sins and a return to a life of grace. I also ask of you, my Mother, that I may receive these favors through the merits of Your painful solitude. Amen.
Most aggrieved Mary, Mother of Thy most tormented Son! I am aware of the great suffering that pierced Your tender heart when, after depositing His lacerated body inside the sepulchre, those kind and pious men placed a heavy stone on its entrance and thus covered His mortal remains from Your view. Woe to me, dearest Lady, for they were my grievious offenses which caused so much torture and fatigue to Your pure heart. I beg of You, therefore, to intercede for me in order that I may obtain through the merits of Your painful Solitude, the grace of true repentance for my sins and the honor of being buried with Your Divine Son, together with all my disorderly passions and inclinations, for His greater glory and for the favor which I hope to obtain in this Novena. Amen.
(State your petition, then say three Hail Mary’s and continue with the following:)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
CONDOLENCE TO OUR LADY IN THE SILENCE OF HER SOLITUDE
O Mother most disconsolate, grant me permission to stay in Your presence, since knowing that I am the cause of Your grief, through my grievious sins, I am filled with compunction and dare not show myself before You. Yet, knowing that You are the Mother of sinners, I beseech You to be a special Mother to me whom You now see weeping, contrite and begging pardon for my sins. And since You withstood by the Church and Her faith during those three days of Your Solitude, may She now triumph over Her enemies; the souls in Purgatory be released soon from their temporal punishment; and may I be numbered among Your faithful servants to keep company during Your solitude, in order that I may deserve Your valuable assistance at the hour of my death, and Your glorious company forever and ever in Heaven. Amen.
Then follows the prayer and hymn to Our Lady of Solitude.
Most tormented Mother, I am aware of the most grievious pain that pierced Your heart to pieces when, directing Your steps homeward, from where you were, you reached the place where the Cross still stood. It was the same cross on which Your Son, Jesus, consumated His great work of redemption, and from Your heart, You adored this new tree of life, envisioning the vast number of souls who would reach and possess the eternal bliss of Heaven through it. On the other hand, I realize how through my ingratitude, my impatience and my negligence in the fulfillment of my duties, I have added weight and scorn to this cross which rested on the shoulders of Your Son, and which merited all Your compassion. I beseech You now, my dearest Lady and Mother, for the pain that tortured Your heart at this stage, to
obtain for me the necessary courage to carry on my work, to mortify myself in my desire for worldly pleasures, and to obtain the eternal glory in Heaven; and if it be for the greater glory of God and my own welfare, to grant me the favors which I hope to deserve through this Novena. Amen.
O most afflicted Mother, I can feel the incomparable grief that shook Your innermost being when You descended from Mount Calvary while remembering that You ascended it some few hours ago on that same day, following the footsteps of Your most patient Son. If I could only shed tears of regret for the many times when, in company with false friends and listening to their insidious invitations, I have strayed away from my God and from the true path of life eternal. May I beg of you, my dearest Mother and Queen, the necessary light to understand the depth to which my bad examples have brought me, and, availing myself of the lessons taught to us in His passion, as well as in Your Solitude, may I tread on the path of the Commandments and of all virtues. And, if it be for the greater honor of God and for the good of my soul, grant that I may obtain the favors that I plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O my most aggrieved Mother, who could ever comprehend the fathomless sorrow that pained your precious heart when, returning home in the afternoon and while passing through the passion road from Calvary, you could not but remember vividly the horrible scenes that took place that same morning, particularly what occured in the house of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor in Judea, until the sentence of death was executed on top of the mount. Those were memories that threatened to wreck Your mind and Your heart. May I be granted the grace to keep and perpetuate the same Passion and death of your Son, Jesus, in my memory in order that I may not make any step in the future that might not be in consonance with His love for me and with my gratitude for Him. Finally, if it be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul, please intercede for me that i may receive the favors that i plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O most tormented Mother, you suffered the increasing pangs of Solitude in Your precious heart when, the night having fallen, You entered anew the gates of Jerusalem and beheld with awe the dark mantle of grief and solitude that befell that populous city, after its people had committed the horrible sacrilege
against the exalted Person of the Messiah, crucifying Him to death, He who was their Redeemer and Benefactor. In the silence that gripped Your heart, You must have echoed anew the same sentiments of Your Son and expressed Yourself thus: “Poor Jerusalem! How you have wasted away so much joy and grace! What has my Son done to you to have deserved so much calumny and sacrifice?” I beseech You, my dearest Mother, to help me attain, through mercy, the necessary light to know the great malice to which I have fallen, in order that feeling sorry for my sins, I may avoid the punishment that is due to me. Finally, if it be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul, may I deserve to receive the favors that I plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O Virgin of dolours, how much you must have felt the Solitude that engulfed Your heart when You returned to the Cenacle after the burial of Your Son, remembering that only the night before, You had a talk with Him, and realized that He was no longer there, but in the damp darkness of hte sepulchre. With what loving devotion you must have kissed repeatedly the floor on which He had walked on! What could I do, O most benign Mother, in order to keep You company and console you? It was in this same Cenacle where Your Son, Jesus, gave His parting greetings the day before, knowing that on the following day, Holy Friday, He was to give you, instead, to all of us as our own Mother. And since I am one of these, Your children, and the most miserable, I beg of You not to exclude me from Your Maternal solicitude: keep me as Your Son, even if I am unworthy of the honor, and may I live and move as You would want me to. Finally, may I receive the favors which I ask of You through this Novena, if they be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul. Amen.
O most unhappy Mother, who preferred to suffer alone in the midst of Your Solitude, inspite of the proffered sympathy and kindness of Your adopted Son John and of the other pious women, in order to give vent to the sorrowful lamentations of Your heart, in the silence of Your dwelling. May I be privileged to keep you company in Your Solitude, and please do not send me away from You. Share with me even one drop of Your bitter tears, in order that I may understand fully the gravity and malice of my innumerable sins, as well as to suffer with heroic fortitude and patience all contradictions and humiliations which the Lord may design to send me, in atonement for my sins. Lastly, may I obtain the favors I ask of You in this Novena, if they be for the greater honor of God and the good of
my soul. Amen.
O most tortured Mother and Queen, now you are alone in Your dark room where everything around you seems to conspire to add greater weight to Your painful solitude. The night is long, and now that the Sun of Justice, Your Jesus, had breathed His last in the twilight of Calvary, you feel as if the light of joy would never brighten gain Your days on earth. Oh, how different is this night from that other one when You conceived in Your womb the Son of God! Or that from that other night when You gave Him birth in the manger of Bethlehem! If only my past ingratitude would not add pain in Your heart, i would volunteer to keep You company in Your Solitude! I promise, therefore, to weep over my past sins and never to offend Your Son again, in order that i may deserve to receive His pardon and the grace to die first before I commit another sin. These favors I ask of You through this Novena, and I hope to obtain them, together with the other petitions of mine, if they be in accordance with the will of God and for the good of my soul. Amen.
O most sorely tired Mother, how long and painful must have been the three agonizing days during which you waited for the resurrection of Your dead Son. And with what anxiety You must have yearned for the opening of that memorable morn when You would see Him again, this time, immortal and triumphant. With this burning trust in Your heart, You exercised the virtue of Faith believing in the promise of your beloved Son; Your hope made You await His glorious Resurrection; Your charity made You love Him all the more; Patience gave You strength to suffer Your Solitude; Resignation made You embrace Your sufferings, and finally, Your kindness to Your fellowmen led You to suffer all trials for them.
Your edifying example, sweet Mother, gives me courage to pray for Holy Mother Church, for the christian nations and their leaders, for this City of Cavite, and for the entire Philippines, as well as for all of us here present and for those who are absent. May we all obtain for us the fruits of Your Solitude, through Your powerful intercession, including the favors which I ask of You through this Novena. Amen.
HYMN TO OUR LADY IN HER SOLITUDE
At the foot of the Cross
Stood His Mother,
eyes are streaming
for Her dearly beloved Son.
Pray for us, oh Virgin,
to Your dearly beloved Son.
Your heart clouded
with bitter pain;
You comforted Him in His suffering.
With infinite sorrow
In Your heart and soul.
Pray for us, oh Virgin,
to Your dearly beloved Son.
V. Pray for us, O Virgin most Sorrowful.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY.
O God, at Whose passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious virgin and mother Mary; grant in Thy mercy that we, who call to mind with veneration her soul pierced with sorrow, through the glorious merits and prayers of all the saints faithfully standing by Thy cross, may obtain the blessed result of Thy Passion. Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.