The Shoulder Wound of Christ Prayer.
By Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153. 

St. Bernard 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 grevious 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."

Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ:
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

"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 towards Heaven along the 
Way of Thy Cross. Amen."
(Imprimatur: +Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield.)

Recent scientific examiners of the Shroud of Turin reported that there are marks and blood spots which show that the person in the shroud carried the Patibulum, the crossbar of the cross on his shoulders. The Patibulum was thought to weigh about 75 pounds and that weight on the shoulders alone was capable of inflicting shoulder wounds in a fall as described by Saint Bernard.

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds you have been healed."
1Peter 2:24

Compiled by Bob Stanley, May 20, 2014
Galatians 4:16

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