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DEVOTION TO THE FIVE SACRED WOUNDS OF OUR BLESSED LORD AND SAVIOUR 

 




"Forgive them Father for they know not what they do "
 

 


T
he above painting is by Simon Vouet  [1590-1649] Church Of Gesł , [ La Chiesa di Gesu ] Genoa, Italy.  [The quotation is editorial]
"Our Blessed Mother Mary, The Beloved Apostle John, Mary of Cleophas and Mary Magdelaine are at the foot of the cross." 

 

 

Prayer To The Five
Sacred Wounds Of
Jesus

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart, lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity with true contrition for my sins and firm purpose of  amendment; while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy concerning Thee: "They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones".

(Ps. xxi: 17, 18).

 

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?

"How much do you love me"? I asked Jesus and Jesus said " This much....." Then he stretched out his arms and died.
 

The following prayers in honour of the Five Sacred Wounds are one of the most traditional devotions to Our Lord and are used especially during Passiontide. The prayers may be said before a representation of the wounds (e.g. a shroud) so that each wound may be kissed in turn.

ACT OF CONTRITION

As I kneel before Thee on the cross, most loving Saviour of my soul, my conscience reproaches me with having nailed Thee to that cross with these hands of mine, as often as I have fallen into mortal sin, wearying Thee with my base ingratitude. My God, my chief and perfect good, worthy of all my love, because Thou hast loaded me with blessings; I cannot now undo my misdeeds, as I would most willingly; but I loathe them, grieving sincerely for having offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness. And now, kneeling at Thy feet, I try, at least, to compassionate Thee, to give Thee thanks, to ask Thee pardon and contrition; wherefore with my heart and lips, I say:


TO THE WOUND OF THE LEFT FOOT

Holy wound of the left foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for the love whereby Thou labored to overtake me on the way to ruin, and didst bleed amid the thorns and brambles of my sins. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, in atonement for my sins, all of which I detest with sincere and bitter contrition.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary ...
Glory be to the Father..

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.


TO THE WOUND OF THE RIGHT FOOT

Holy wound of the right foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for that love which pierced Thee with such torture and shedding of blood, in order to punish my wanderings and the guilty pleasures I have granted to my unbridled passions. I offer the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, and I pray Thee for grace to weep over my sins with hot tears, and to enable me to persevere in the good which I have begun, without ever swerving again from my obedience to the divine commands.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary ...
Glory be ...

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.



TO THE WOUND OF THE LEFT HAND

Holy wound of the left hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for having in Thy love spared me the scourges and eternal damnation which my sins have merited. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of They most holy humanity: and I pray Thee to teach me how to turn to good account my span of life, and bring forth in it worthy fruits of penance, and to disarm the justice of God, which I have provoked.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary ...
Glory be ...

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.



TO THE WOUND OF THE RIGHT HAND

Holy wound of the right hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for Thy graces lavished on me with such love, in spite of all my most perverse obstinacy. I offer to the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity; and I pray Thee to change my heart and its affections, and make me do all my actions in accordance with the will of God.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary ...
Glory be ...

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.


TO THE WOUND OF THE SACRED SIDE

Holy wound in the side of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the cruel insult Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee, my Jesus, for the love which suffered Thy side and Heart to be pierced, so that the last drops of blood and water might issue forth, making my redemption to overflow. I offer to the Eternal Father this outrage, and the love of Thy most holy humanity, that my soul may enter once for all into that most loving Heart, eager and ready to receive the greatest sinners, and never more depart.

Our Father ...
Hail Mary ...
Glory be ...

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.


TO THE MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF SORROWS.

Mary, Virgin Mother of God, martyr of love and sorrow, because Thou didst witness the pains and torments of Jesus: truly didst Thou concur in the great work of my redemption, first, by Thy innumerable afflictions, and then by the offering Thou didst make to the Eternal Father of His and Thy Only Begotten, for a holocaust and victim to appease His wrath for my sins. I compassionate Thee for the bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for that love, well nigh infinite, through which Thou didst bereave Thyself of the fruit of Thy womb, very God and very Man, to save me, a sinner; let Thy intercession which is never in vain, be ever with the Father and the Son for me, that I may steadily amend my evil ways, and never, by further faults, crucify anew my loving Saviour; that so, persevering in His grace until death, I may obtain eternal life: through the merits of His sad passion and death upon the cross.

Three Hail Marys.

Let us pray.


O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, at the sixth hour of the day, didst, for the redemption of the world, mount the gibbet of the cross, and shed Thy precious blood for the remission of sins; we humbly beseech Thee to grant us, after our death, a joyful entrance into the gates of Paradise.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, that now, and at the hour of our death, blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Thy Mother, may intercede for us, through whose most holy soul a sword passed in the hour of Thy passion; through Thee, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.


INDULGENCES :

100 days,
once a day; seven years and seven quarantines, daily, to those who say these prayers from Passion Sunday to Holy Saturday inclusive. Plenary, if said daily from Passion Sunday to Holy Saturday; on Easter Sunday, if, after Confession and Communion on that day, they shall visit a church and pray for the intentions of the Pope. 
Plenary, twice a year, namely, on the Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross (3rd May), and of its Exaltation (14 September), to all who have said these prayers at least ten times a month, and complied with the above conditions.