“I had on My Shoulder while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honour this Wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou does ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins”
Our Lord to St Bernard of Clairvaux after he prayed, asking Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering
St Bernard of Clairvaux, after receiving the above message from Christ regarding the pain He experienced in His shoulder, sought to foster devotion to the Shoulder Wound of Christ, and penned this prayer:
PRAYER TO THE SHOULDER WOUND OF CHRIST
O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I Praise and Glorify Thee, and give Thee Thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of the Cross. Amen.
“Pope Eugenius III, at the earnest request of St Bernard, has granted 3000 years indulgence to all who, with a contrite heart, recite the Our Father Prayer and Hail Mary three times in Honour of the Wound of the Shoulder of Our Blessed Redeemer.”
Reveal it to men and let it be known that any grace asked in virtue of this Wound will be granted. And to all those who, in memory of it, will honour Me daily by reciting 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, 3 Glory Be’s, I will pardon them, all their mortal and venial sins. They will not die an unexpected death and at the last hour, they will be visited by The Blessed Virgin and will obtain Grace and Mercy.
This devotion is surfacing again after eight centuries. Thanks to the Marian Centre, Our Lord has given it for the height of the great tribulation that will see the church return to the time of the Catacombs when it will be very difficult to find a Priest. It also makes up for so many badly prepared confessions, without true remorse, or else with a restricted sincerity.
This does not dispense from the Sacramental Confession.
ANOTHER VERSION OF
THE PRAYER TO THE SHOULDER WOUND
I, a miserable sinner, humbly venerate the painful wound inflicted on Thy sacred shoulder by the heavy burden of the cross. I adore Thee, O my suffering Saviour! I praise and glorify Thee with all my heart; I bless the infinite love which induced Thee to submit to that torturing wound, beseeching Thee, through its efficacy and through all the torments of Thy passion, to have mercy on me, a sinner; to forgive my transgressions, and strengthen me to follow the traces of Thy Cross, until happily united to Thee in a glorious eternity. Amen.
Taken from The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Edition. 1898 – Page 71
PIO OF PIETRELCINA 1887-1968
Padre Pio, a Capuchin Friar, Priest and Mystic, was known as a confessor and a holy man who for 58 years bore the Wounds of Christ (the stigmata) on his hands and feet. In 1947 Karol Wojtyla, asked Padre Pio which of His Wounds caused the greatest suffering. “It is my shoulder wound. It is painful and sweet at the same time, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated.”
MARIE-JULIE JAHENNY 1850-1941
On November 25, 1873, Marie-Julie Jahenny, all of a sudden, is seized with a violent pain and falls into ecstasy. She sees Our Lord carrying His Cross on His Left Shoulder and the blood flowing from that lacerated shoulder. She herself experiences a vivid pain on her left shoulder. After the ecstasy, her mother will ascertain, behind her daughter’s shoulder a new wound in the shape of a cross.Our Lord declared unto her: “I will treat with a preference whoever will meditate upon this Wound … I will come to seek devotees to My Holy Shoulder. I shall comfort them at the moment of their agony.” (p. 20, The Prophecies of La Fraudais).
MEDITATIONS WE SHOULD REFLECT ON WHILE VENERATING THE HOLY WOUND OF HIS SHOULDER
- The infinite generosity of Our Lord Jesus Christ for having willingly taken upon Himself our iniquities. March 29, 1878
- His immense goodness in promising to carry our thankless sins on the road to Calvary. December 28, 1878
- He was overwhelmed, even to succumbing to the painful falls on the Way of the Cross. February 8, 1878
- Marie-Julie: “Lord, it is our sins that You carry on this bloody and bruised Shoulder. It is our sins that make you suffer great incomprehensible pains as large as the sea. They are our sins that tore Your Sacred Flesh, which turned the Cross crimson.”
- The infinite tenderness with which Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered this cruel Wound, which shows how heavy are our iniquities. Sympathise with this immense pain, so little known on earth. December 28, 1877
- Our Lord invites us to contemplate the Wound so deep and painful, in which we have all participated. Ask for repentance and tears, gratitude and love. February 8, 1878
- It is there that our sins were drowned.
- Marie-Julie: “When I see the blood that bathes the Cross, when I see it driven into this Wound, ah! Enormous weight of the Cross, how you make our Redeemer suffer! I can still see the Blood of my Divine King, marked on the paving stones of Jerusalem. Who would dare complain after such a love of Jesus Crucified!” May 17, 1878
Shoulder Wound of Jesus, be my constant meditation!
Our Lord, granted additional Promises and Graces to those who venerated this wound and spread the devotion.
I will bless all the souls who propagate this devotion: I grant them abundant graces. March 29, 1878
O souls who love Me, who propagate this devotion, I take you under My protection, I keep you under the mantle of My affection. March 29, 1878
I will dispel the darkness that will come in their hearts. December 28, 1877
I will console them in their pains.” “I will come in the midst of their greatest afflictions, to enlighten, to comfort them. February 8, 1878, December 28, 1877, February 8, and April 12, 1878
I will come to bless them in their undertakings. March 29, 1878
I will give them a tender love for the Cross. I will come to assist them at the time of death with this cross and I will introduce them into My Heavenly Kingdom. April 12, 1878
I will sweeten their agony. December 28, 1877 I will come at the hour of death. I will console them in their passage. February 8, 1878 Especially at the hour of death, I will come to give them a sweet moment of calm and tranquility. I will tell them: “O good holy soul, who has spread this devotion that I had so much at heart that it be made known, come to receive the reward of your labours, the fruit of blessing.” March 29, 1878
“I will shelter them, I will assist them, I will console all the souls that seek to propagate this Sacred Wound. At the time of death, I will console the souls that have compensated Me by their devotion and compassion to the Wound so deep and painful. I will come to strengthen them in their final fears. I will come and prepare their passage: Thank you, you who have compensated Me for My Pains.” May 17, 1878
“See,” Jesus said, pointing to His Wound with extreme tenderness, “all My children who have recognised this Wound, who have venerated It, have prayed to it, will have on the Last Day a great and generous reward.” I do not simply show it, I pronounce it. My Word is Divine. May 1878
Note: promise number 2, Our Lord said, “O souls who love Me, we must remember that those who love Him keep His commandments.”