The Outstretched Arms of Jesus are before me in my mind’s eye and in my heart. I see Him there on the Cross beckoning to me to contemplate His Holy Wounds this Holy Week of 2019. I invite you to do the same not only during this Easter Triduum but throughout the year, making it a lifetime devotion.
Seeing Jesus outstretched on the Cross is to see His gesture of sacrifice, embrace, and love. How many times have we seen images of the Crucified Jesus on a prayer card with words, “How much does Jesus love you?” This much!” written below?
He draws us to Himself outstretched on the Cross. In that drawing we are called upon to look and love Him. We are called to worship and adore.
The Rosary of The Holy Wounds of Jesus
For years, I have kept a yellowed paper with a most beautiful prayer printed on it. It is the Rosary of the Holy Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ given to Sister Mary Martha Chambon who was a Visitation nun who lived in Chambery, France in the 1800s. Sister Mary Martha was graced with visitations from Jesus and received from Our Lord a double “mission” constantly to invoke the Holy Wounds herself, and to revive this devotion in the world.
The following is an excerpt from the book, Mystic of the Holy Wounds. . . The Life and Revelations of Sister Mary Martha Chambon written by the Visitation Sisters of Chambery, France:
“One day, Sister Mary Martha, seized with anguish at the thought of the earth’s crimes, exclaimed, My Jesus, take care of our children, do not look at their sins. The Divine Master, answering her appeal, taught her the following inspiration: My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Holy Wounds.”
The book included many different lessons that Jesus gave Sister Mary Martha. A sample of some of what He told her includes:
- “Many people will experience the efficacy of this invocation.”
- “One must not fear showing My Wounds to souls.”
- “The way of My Wounds is so simple and so easy for getting to Heaven.”
- “In the contemplation of My Wounds, one finds everything for oneself and for others.”
- “Behold what I show to all souls, but only a few look at them.
- “You, my daughter, take in everything from My Crown of Thorns to My Feet and contemplate. “
- “My Father delights in the offering of My Sacred Wounds and of My Holy Mother’s sorrows. To offer Him My Wounds is to offer Him His glory, it is to offer Heaven to Heaven.”
Let us this Good Friday and throughout the year continue to contemplate His Holy Wounds and not be the “few” but be the “many!”
Let us, too, have “outstretched arms” in praising Our Redeemer through the merits of the following prayer:
Rosary of the Holy Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ
On the Large Beads:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ
To heal the wounds of our souls.
On the Small Beads:
My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits
of Thy Holy Wounds.
Promises of Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon
“I will grant all that is asked of Me by the invocations of My Holy Wounds. . . You must spread the devotion.”
“The sinner who will say: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
to heal the wounds of our souls,
will obtain conversion.”
“With My Wounds and My Divine Heart you can obtain everything”
“The Holy Wounds are the treasures for souls in Purgatory”
“The Chaplet is a counterpose to my justice, it restrains my vengeance.” *
“At each word that you pronounce of the Rosary I allow a drop of My Blood to fall upon the soul of a sinner.”
How Great Thou Art!!!
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ!!!
King of Endless Glory!!!
A Blessed and Holy Eastertide to All!
©2019 Anita Guariglia
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Excerpts taken from “Mystic of the Holy Wounds”/ Visitation Sisters of Chambery, France
Rosary and Promises of the Holy Wounds/Brochure: Sister M. Martha Chambon and the Holy Wounds of Our Lord.
*This rosary should not be confused with the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy” given to St. Faustina.
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