This Roman Catholic prayer is variously attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux or to St. Gertrude or St. Mechtilde.
'"O Loving Jesus, Meek Lamb of God, I 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 Thy Cross. Amen."
According to St. Bernard, he asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and Jesus 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 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."
In the twelfth century Pope Eugenius III approved of the promises with regards to this prayer. The modern version of the prayer bears the imprimatur of Bishop Thomas D. Bevan.
I seem to remember Raymond Arroyo having a trivia question on his show “The World Over” asking which prayer was Mother Angelica’s favorite...I believe it was the prayer that you mentioned.
I have read books on Padre Pio. He is one of the most talked about Saints. I have personally prayed for his intercessory pray in certain matters thru Jesus. I have smelled the aroma of flowers I believe two or three times. A famous signal grace from Padre Pio. It’s amazing just like God shares the burden of the Gospel here with man that he shares pray requests with the heavenly host. Praise Jesus!!!
I’m dubious of this story since Padre Pio never told anybody else and I strongly doubt John Paul would have repeated something of that nature told to him in confidence. Obviously those two men are the only sources for information of this kind.
Thank you. A fascinating post.
Not many people know about the shoulder wound of Padre Pio.
In the book I read about Padre Pio the shoulder wound was mentioned and picture of the undershirt with the blood stains on it were published.
But this book also sounds interesting.
Also — thanks for the beautiful prayer.
Amazing info - I never knew about the shoulder wound. Glad to learn something new today!