Powerful Prayer to The Wound In The Shoulder:
Two great Saints of the Church were prayerfully (and painfully) devoted to a specific wound of Christ’s passion “not recorded by men”: a medieval mystic, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and a modern monk, St. Padre Pio. The Powerful Prayer to The Wound In The Shoulder is best known for deriving incredible strength from divine Wisdom. The healing knowledge that there is no trial that we can not bear – especially in light of our Lord’s great suffering and Passion. While praying, it’s worth contemplating also the depth of Jesus’ love for you – enough to have undergone the entire world’s pain so that you may have eternal life.
While this Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ is not some magic quick-fix to all of life’s problems, it will help you focus on God’s incomprehensible love for you and how, with Him, no burden is too heavy for you to bare. God Himself is reported as saying to Saint Bernard that whoever honors this Wound with prayer, whatever they should ask “through its virtue and merit” would be granted them. What’s more? He would remit to all who venerated it all their venial sins and would forget their mortal sins as well (Thank You, Jesus!).
Before you begin, go somewhere quiet and clear your heart and soul. When you feel ready, humbly pray these powerful words to Heaven. God is with you. He is listening.
Powerful Prayer to The Wound In The Shoulder
“O 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 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 toward Heaven
along the Way of Thy Cross.
It is related in the annals of Clairvoux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering. Our Lord answered him: “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 though dost 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.”
Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beaven
Bishop of Springfield