Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ
Fr. Scott Haynes
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and He answered:
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. Honor 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.
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:
Most 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 The 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 Thy Cross. Amen.
(Imprimatur: +Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield.)
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.
Our Lord has promised that He will grant any grace asked in virtue of this Wound to all those who, in memory of it, will honor Him daily by reciting 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary's, 3 Glory Be’s. He promised to pardon their sins, that they will not die an unexpected death and at the last hour, that they will be visited by the Blessed Virgin, and will obtain Grace and Mercy.