Devotion to the Holy Wounds 

Importance of the Devotion to the Holy Wounds for our Times

Although devotion to the Holy Wounds has a long tradition in the Church and in the lives of the saints, never before has it been more important than now. Several mystics have stressed the urgency of this devotion for our times.
A 20th German Carmelite mystic, Sister Maria of the Crucified Love, was given the following revelations about the devotion to the Holy Wounds:
-“Where will you turn to, when in the coming time, the difficulties grow still greater? My Sacred wounds will be your surest refuge. Nowhere are you better protected.” 
-“Implore now the special graces that I have reserved for this age. They are incalculable treasures that my heart wishes to distribute, especially when you pray to Me for grace and mercy for the sake of my Holy Wounds and My Sacred, Precious Blood.” 
-“I desire devotion to My Sacred Wounds to be promoted in prayer and in writing. Time presses ever more urgently, and for mankind salvation through My Sacred Wounds is indispensable.” 
-“My Sacred Wounds are the remedy for the future. Pray, pray that people will accept this remedy, for there is nothing else that can save them.” 
(The above quotes taken from the revelations given to Sr. Maria of the Crucified Love, from the book “By His Wounds You Are Healed”. Wurzburg: 2003. Book can be purchased from JMJ Religious Books)
Next, from the prophecies of mystic Marie Julie-Jahenny, 

Our Lord asked us to remain devoted to His Precious Blood and not to forget the pious practice of offering all our prayers and works in union with the Divine merits and graces of His most Precious Blood.

Words of Our Lord “Never forget to renew persistently the offering of Precious Blood. You will be consoled, all you who honor My Precious Blood, nothing will happen to you.”

Those devoted to Our Lord’s Wounds will also be shielded from punishments like a ‘lightning rod’.  “The devotion to the Holy Wounds will be a lightning rod for the Christians who will have kept it.” (i.e. kept faithful to it.)
Next we have an entry from the Diary of Anneliese Michel, a victim soul who was possessed by the devil. This entry is dated October 15, 1975:

Lucifer: “The snotnose (ie- Anneliese) blurt out everything. Now she also receives suggestions from that One (Virgin Mary)…By her order (the Virgin Mary), the five holy wounds should be venerated in a special manner. The Holy Face should be venerated.” 

(LeBlanc, Lawrence, “Anneliese Michel: A True Story of a Case of Demonic Possession” ebook: Location, 737)
And more recently in an alleged message from the Virgin Mary on May 19. 2012 to Mario D’Ignazio in the apparitions of “Contrada di Santa Teresa” in Brindisi, Italy, the Virgin Mary reportedly said:

“I am here. Listen to me. I desire that you adore and immerse yourself in the Wounds of Jesus, making sacrifices for love. They are the remedy for the evil in this world. Call upon them so that they may heal the heart of man, a heart that forgot God, a heart incapable of loving and giving itself. Love is manifested in the donation of self. Pray the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds every day because it is very powerful. Teach it to your brothers so that they may practice it and this devotion may be made known. In the Wounds of My Son there are graces concealed from the Divine Clemency of the Father Most High.”

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich’s visions of the Church and the Holy Wounds:

“…Again I saw St. Peter’s with its lofty cupola on whose top stood Michael shining with light. He wore a blood-red robe, a great banner in his hand. A desperate struggle was going on below – green and blue combatants against white, and over the latter, who seemed to be worsted, appeared a fiery blood red sword. None knew they fought. The church was all red like the angel, and I was told that it would be bathed in blood.” 
 “The longer the combat lasted, the paler grew the color of the Church, the more transparent it became. Then the angel descended and approached the white troops. I saw him several times in front of them. Their courage was wonderfully aroused; they knew not why or how, and how the angel struck right and left among the enemy who fled in all directions. Then the fiery sword over the victorious whites disappeared. During the engagement the enemy’s troops kept constantly deserting to the other side; once they went in great numbers. Numbers of saints hovered in the air over the combatants, pointing out what was to be done, making signs with the hand, etc., all different, but impelled by one spirit. When the angel had descended, I beheld above him a great shining cross in the heavens. ”
“On it hung the Savior from whose wounds shot brilliant rays over the whole earth. These glorious wounds were red like resplendent doorways, their center golden-yellow like the sun. He wore no crown of thorns, but from all the wounds of His head streamed rays. Those from His hands, feet, and side were fine as hair and shone with rainbow colors; sometimes they all united and fell upon villages, cities, and houses throughout the world. I saw them (the rays) here and there, far and near, falling upon the dying, and then souls entering by the colored rays into the Savior’s wounds.”
 “The rays from the side (of Jesus) spread over the Church like a mighty current lighting up every part of it; and I saw that the greater number of souls enter into the Lord by these glittering streams. I saw also a shining red heart floating in the air. From one side flowed a current of white light to the Wound of the sacred side, and from the other a second current fell upon the Church in many regions; its rays attracted numerous souls who, by the Heart and the current of light, entered into the side of Jesus. I was told that this is the Heart of Mary.” 
 “Besides these rays, I saw from all the wounds about thirty ladders let down to the earth, some of which, however, did not reach it. They were not all alike but narrow and broad, with large and small rounds, some standing alone, others together. Their color corresponded to the purification of the soul, first dark, then clearer, then gray, and, at last, brighter and brighter. I saw souls painfully climbing up. Some mounted quickly, as if helped from above, others pressed forward eagerly but slipped back upon the lower rounds, while others fell back entirely into the darkness. Their eager and painful efforts were quite pitiful. It seemed as if they who mounted easily as if helped by others, were in closer communication with the Church. I saw, too, many souls of those that fell on the battlefield taking the path leading into the body of the Lord.” 
 “Behind the cross, far back in the sky, I saw multitudes of pictures representing the preparation begun ages ago for the work of Redemption. But I cannot describe it. It looked like the stations of the way of Divine Grace from the Creation to the Redemption. I did not always stand in the same place. I moved around among the rays, I saw all. Ah, I saw inexpressible, indescribable things!”

“When the combat on earth was over, the church and the angel became bright and shining, and the latter disappeared; the cross also vanished and in its place stood a tall, resplendent lady extending over it her mantle of golden rays. There was a reconciliation going on inside, and acts of humility were being made. I saw Bishops and pastors approaching one another and exchanging books. The various sects recognized the Church by her miraculous victory and the pure light of revelation they had seen beaming upon her… When I saw this reunion, I felt that the kingdom of God was near. I felt so sensibly the approach of the kingdom of God that I was forced to run to meet it crying tears of joy.”

 ~Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich – December 30, 1819

Consecration of our children to the Holy Wounds

There has been a pious practice of consecrating one’s children or loved ones to each of the Holy Wounds. This has produced many saints such as St. Veronica Giuliani. Before Veronica’s mother, Benedetta Mancini, died, she consecrated each of her five children to each of the Five Holy Wounds of Jesus. Ursula (St. Veronica) was consecrated to the wound of Jesus’ side. Throughout her diary it is clear that St. Veronica had a great devotion to the Holy Wounds.
Father Giuseppe Tomaselli

Father Giuseppe Tomaselli, a 20th century Italian exorcist and spiritual director to special souls such as Natuzza Evolo, said in one of his tapes: “Jesus told a soul: ‘Kiss My Wounds often. Kiss them very often.’ The soul replied, ‘How many times in a day?’ Jesus answered, ‘Numberless times. Kiss them often because the Wounds of Jesus are springs of grace and mercy.”

Father Giuseppe also advised the following, “It is good that everyone wear a crucifix and kiss often during the day the Holy Wounds. The practice of those good mothers or good religious daughters in which they place a soul into the Wounds of Christ is praiseworthy. For example, a mother could say: ‘I have 5 children: I place each one of my five children in a specific Wound of Jesus. Those who, for example, have other sinners, can place one or more sinners into each Wound in order for the Wounds of Jesus to save many souls.” 

Lux, Cristiana. “Don Giuseppe Tomaselli: Grande Mistico, Grande Guaritore, Grande Esorcista” pp.16-17
Sister Mary Martha Chambon and Devotion to the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ

Sister Mary Martha Chambon (1841- March 21, 1907), a nun of the Religious of the Visitation of Chambery, could be called the apostle of the Holy Wounds. Like St. Margaret Mary, a saint from the same religious order, whom Jesus entrusted with the Devotion to the Sacred Heart; Sister Mary Martha Chambon was entrusted with the Devotion to the Holy Wounds. 
One year on the Feast of the Visitation, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her together with St. Margaret Mary and the Founders of the order to confirm her mission. The Blessed Virgin Mary told her: “Blessed Margaret Mary reproduced the Sacred Heart of my Son in order to give Him to the world…and you, my daughter are chosen to arrest the justice of God in making known the merits of the Passion and of the Holy Wounds of my unique and beloved son, Jesus.” 

Jesus, Himself, revealed to her the many advantages and graces that can be obtained through this devotion to His Holy Wounds:

“My daughter, each time you offer to My Father the merits of My divine Wounds, you gain an immense fortune.”
“Behold wherewith to pay all debts. Fear not to show My Wounds to souls. The way of My Wounds is an easy and simple way of going to heaven.”

“I will grant all that is asked of Me through devotion to the Holy Wounds. Those who will honor them will have a true knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

“There will be no death for the soul that expires in My Wounds, They give true life.”

Then, Jesus taught her these two aspirations:

“My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Holy Wounds.” 

 Jesus indicated that this aspiration should be repeated often near the sick as it is promised to bring solace to soul and body. The second prayer that Jesus taught her was:
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to heal the wounds of our souls.” Jesus promised the conversion of the sinner who would make this offering.
The sisters in this convent arranged these two aspirations into the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, also called the Chaplet of Mercy, in order to facilitate its recitation. These aspirations, which are indulgenced, can be said on any rosary or chaplet, or may be said as single invocations during work. The Chaplet of the Holy Wounds can be found at the end of this article.
Sister Martha Chambon had great zeal for souls, especially the dying. Jesus told her:

“You must offer the merits of the Holy Wounds for persons who die in the night or during the course of the day.” Jesus told her of this great gift He had given to her community: “Behold your treasure. The treasure of the Holy Wounds encloses crowns which you should take and give to others. One day these souls for whom you shall have obtained a holy death by your prayers, will turn towards you to thank you. All men shall appear before Me on the judgment day, and I shall then point out My privileged Spouses, who shall have purified the world by My Holy Wounds.”
Another practice of Saint Mary Martha was offering her actions in union with the Holy Wounds for the conversion of sinners and for the souls in purgatory. In this way, she obtained the release of many souls. The chaplet of the Holy Wounds is a very efficacious way of helping the poor souls. Jesus told her once: 

“My daughter, look at my Wounds, offer them for the souls in Purgatory. The sufferings of My Holy Passion, behold the great remedy for these souls; but its merits must be applied to them.”
The sisters in the convent of Sister Mary Martha in Chambery have received many letters of graces that have been obtained through the chaplet of the Holy Wounds and the intercession of Sister Mary Martha Chambon.

Sister Mary Martha Chambon in prayer

According to Sister Martha Chambon, one of the promises that Jesus attached to the recitation of the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, also called the Chaplet of Mercy, was that:

“At each word that you pronounce of the Chaplet of Mercy I let a drop of My Blood fall on the soul of a sinner.” 

Sister Mary Martha was granted a vision in which she saw Jesus holding a cup full of His Precious Blood and how He placed a drop of His Blood in different souls, including the souls of her mother and father. This brought great consolation to Sister Mary Martha. Jesus then told her:

“The graces that I bestow in this manner are never lost.”
St. Andre Bessette, the wonder worker of Montreal, Canada had a great devotion to the Holy Wounds because he had read the life of Sister Mary Martha Chambon. He did his best to propagate this devotion. .He received this book from a nun who frequently came to visit him. He attached such great importance to this devotion that the next time this nun came to visit him, he asked her for 18 more copies of the book, “to convert 18 sinners.” 
That sister answered, “You surely do not mean that Brother Andre. I do not have them, and they are not to be found in Montreal.” 

“That does not matter,” he replied, “I must have them.” 

Then a miracle of Divine Providence happened. When that sister returned to her convent and went to the library, she found two dozen copies of that book carefully wrapped up. No one in the house could tell her where the books came from.
(Bergeron, Henri-Paul. “Brother Andre:The Wonder Worker of Mount Royal”, Montreal, Canada: St. Joseph Oratory, 1997. P.125.)
Jesus told Sister Mary of the Crucified Love: “To Sister Mary Martha Chambon, I entrusted the devotion to My Sacred Wounds and its promotion as a mission of atonement. Yes, I entrusted this task to her heart. She still bears it there today as a most profound duty of love, in the complete union with My Heart, in the betrothal of the Cross. Come to her with your intentions. Bring her with you in prayer and intercession. She has been permitted to be your advocate in the many difficulties and sufferings that can and may be healed through the merits of My Sacred Wounds. Yes, commit yourselves entirely, as she did, to the apostolate of My Sacred Wounds. Consecrate your entire life to this mission and follow the way of Love that Marie Martha walked as an example for you.” 
Currently, the beatification cause for Sister Mary Martha Chambon is underway.
(The above quotes from Sr. Chambon are taken from: Religious of the Visitation of Holy Mary of Chambery, “Sister Mary Martha Chambon”, Saint Louis, MO: Monastery of the Visitation, 1930, and also the aforementioned book, “By His Wounds You Are Healed”

Prayers of devotion to the Holy Wounds of Jesus

ROSARY OF THE HOLY WOUNDS

Revealed to Sister Mary Martha Chambon

To be recited on regular Rosary beads

On the Crucifix:

O Jesus Divine Redeemer, be merciful to us and to the whole world. Amen.

Strong God, Holy God, Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.

Grace and mercy, O my Jesus, during present dangers; cover us with Your Precious Blood. Amen.

Eternal Father, grant us mercy through the Blood of Jesus Christ, Your only Son; grant us mercy, we beseech You. Amen, Amen, Amen.

On the large beads: 

V. Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ.

R. To heal the wounds of our souls.

On the small beads: 

V. My Jesus, pardon and mercy.

R. Through the merits of Your Holy Wounds.                    

Maria Graf-Suter

Prayers of Maria Graf-Suter (1906-1964):

IMPLORING THE WOUNDS OF JESUS FOR THE INTENTIONS OF THE CHURCH & THE WORLD

In union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I salute and adore the Holy Wound of Your right hand, oh Jesus, and I place in this Wound all the priests of Your Holy Church. Give them, every time they celebrate the Holy Sacrifice, the fire of Your Divine Love, so that they may be able to communicate it to the souls entrusted to them. Glory be… Amen.

I salute and adore the Holy Wound of Your left hand, and I place in it all those who are in error and all the unbelievers, those poor souls that do not know you. For the love of these souls, please send, Jesus, workers to your vineyard, so that they may find their way to Your Sacred Heart. Glory be… Amen.

I salute and adore the Holy Wounds of Your feet, and place in them all the hardened sinners that choose to live in the world. I especially entrust to You those who will die today. Don’t permit, Jesus, that Your Precious Blood be lost to them. Glory be…Amen.

I salute and adore the Holy Wounds of Your Holy Head, and I place in these Holy Wounds the enemies of the Holy Church, those who are still striking you today and persecuting you in your Mystical Body. I beg you, Jesus, convert them and call them like you called Saul to make him St. Paul, so that soon there will be but one fold and one shepherd. Glory be…Amen.

I salute and adore the Holy Wound of Your Sacred Heart, and place in it, Jesus, my soul and all those for whom you want me to pray, especially those who suffer, who are afflicted, all who are persecuted and abandoned. Give them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Light and Your Grace. Fill them with Your Love and Your true Peace. Glory be… Amen.

Prayer of St. Veronica Giuliani:

‘My God, I ask you for souls. Let these Your Wounds be voices for me and say with me: O souls redeemed by the Blood of Christ, come to this source of love. I am calling you and these Holy Wounds speak for me, but all of you come.”

Prayers of Sister Mary of the Crucified Love:

Eternal Father, I offer You the bleeding and victorious Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in them my own life, for Your glory and for every individual soul. Amen.
O Jesus, bless us with all the fruits and the effects of Your Holy Wounds; have mercy on us who seek refuge in You. Amen.

Saluting Our Lord’s Five Wounds

Glory be to Thee, most sweet, most gentle, most benign, most noble, most excellent effulgent and ever-peaceful Trinity for the roseate wounds of my only Love!

(After St. Gertrude the Great repeated this salutation 5,466 times, the Lord appeared to her bearing golden flowers on each Wound and said to her:

“Behold in what glory I now appear to you. I will appear in the same manner to you at your death, and will cover all the stains of your sins, and of those also who salute My Wounds with the same devotion.”

(St. Gertrude the Great, “The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude”, Rockford,IL: Tan Books and Publishers, 2002, pg. 388)

~Excerpts from mysticsofthechurch.com~

The Three Virgins 


Three devout virgins, by the advice of
their confessor, recited one year, for forty days, the whole Rosary, as a preparation for the feast
of the purification of Mary. On the vigil the heav- enly mother appeared to the first of these three sisters with a rich garment, embroidered with gold, thanked her, and blessed her. Then she appeared  to the second with a simple garment, and also thanked her. But she said to her: “Oh
Lady, why have you brought my sister a richer garment?” “Because she has clothed me,”
said Mary, “more richly than you have done.” She afterwards appeared to the third with a canvas garment, and she at once asked pardon for her tepidity in honoring her. The next
year all three fervently prepared for the same feast, saying the Rosary with great devotion, when behold, on the evening preceding the festival, Mary appeared to them in glory, and said to them: “Be prepared, for tomorrow
you shall come to paradise.” And, in fact, the next day they went to church, related to the confessor what had occurred, and received communion in the morning. At the hour of compline they saw again the most holy Virgin, who came to take them with her, and amid the songs of angels, one after the other sweetly expired.
Litany of Salutations to Mary written by St.John Eudes 

Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father.

Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son.

Hail Mary, Spouse, of God the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity.

Hail Mary, Pure Lily of the Trinity, One God.

Hail Mary, Celestial Rose of the love of God.

Hail Mary, Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born.

Hail Mary, Virgin of virgins.

Hail Mary, Queen of Martyrs, whose soul a sword transfixed.

Hail Mary, my Queen and my Mother, my life, my sweetness and my hope.

Hail Mary, Mother most amiable.

Hail Mary, Mother most admirable.

Hail Mary, Mother of Divine Love.

Hail Mary, Immaculate, conceived without sin.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Blessed be your spouse, Saint Joseph,

Blessed be your father, Saint Joachim.

Blessed be your mother, Saint Anne.

Blessed be your guardian, Saint John.

Blessed be your holy Angel, Saint Gabriel.

Glory be to God the Father, Who chose you.

Glory be to God the Son, Who loved you.

Glory be to God the Holy Spirit, Who espoused you.

O Glorious Virgin Mary.

May all people love and praise you.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us and bless us,

Now and at death, in the name of Jesus, your Divine Son.

Amen.

Excerpts from “The Glories of Mary” by St.Alphonsus Liguori 

30 Day Devotion for the Holy Souls in Purgatory~Day 6 


Holy Abandonment

 “He wholly followed the Lord.” 

~JOSHUA 14: 14

Father Hubert writes in The Mystery of Purgatory: Abandonment requires us to rest in Jesus in all the circumstances of our life, without exception, and it has its foundation in divine love. This love appeals to faith and confidence. The more perfectly we endeavor to practice abandonment, the more lovingly and freely we allow God’s love to search out and purify, as by fire, the nooks and crannies of our self-love. This life of abandonment is a kind of purgatory on earth and bears resemblance to life in the true purgatory. This expiatory rest in the midst of trials obtains eternal rest for the holy souls in purgatory. By generously opening to the purifying and maturing influence of divine love in the restful purgatory of abandonment in this life, and by offering for the holy souls the sufferings experienced in that abandonment, we alleviate their pains and may by doing so avoid purgatory after our own death. These silent sufferers plead with us to expiate their failures to rest in Our Lord during their lifetimes by us resting in Him now, in our own lives, through the practice of holy abandonment. The more generous our endeavors to rest in Jesus in the earthly purgatory of abandonment with the intention of helping the holy souls, the more efficacious becomes that sacred rest for them and for ourselves. The happy repose of abandonment through love purifies and matures our own souls, and it is a fitting expiation for the souls in purgatory. 

Begin today to follow Our Lady. Abandon yourself to God!

Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied Thy justice, confide in Thine infinite mercy and our intercessions. Extend unto them Thy consolations, and redeem them, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

 “The soul’s true life and repose are to abide in God.” 

~ST. ALBERT THE GREAT

30 Day Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory~Day 4 

 Expiation of Sins 

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.” ~REVELATION 22: 14


All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. l030). The Right Rev. G. P. Dwyer says this about the holy souls: They no longer desire anything but God. And yet they cannot reach Him until their debt is paid. The sufferings of the holy souls spring from this double source —longing for God, the realization of sin. On earth we can turn to a hundred things to distract the mind, to muffle the cry of the heart. These escapes are denied the holy souls. Their focus is set on God and God alone! They see themselves as they really are. They see how unfit they are to go to God. They see clearly their sins were an offense against God. They realize at last the malice of sin. Redemptorists Maurice Becque and Louis Becque, in Life After Death, also write: These souls are waiting for God. They see Him better than they did on earth and are aspiring to contemplate Him in the full light of the beatific vision. They are happy at being saved, unhappy at being held back and having to delay. Freed from the burden of matter, they are … All to God, all in God, all for God. 

When you have confessed your sins, the guilt is removed. To remove the “stain,” what charitable work will you take today?

Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied Thy justice, confide in Thine infinite mercy and our intercessions. Extend unto them Thy consolations, and redeem them, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. 

“By devotion to the holy souls, our progress in virtue and perfection is greatly hastened.” ~VENERABLE FRANCES OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Thirty Day Devotions for the Holy Souls~Day 1 

Praying for the Dead

“In truth we are guilty concerning our brother,in that we saw the distress of his soul,when he besought us and we would not listen;therefore is this distress come upon us.”

~Genesis 42:21


As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect,which is entirely different from the Punishment of the damned.The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent.The tradition of the Church,by reference to certain texts of Scripture,speak of a cleansing fire….This teaching is also based on the practice of the prayer of the dead,already mentioned in Sacred Scripture:”Therefore,[Judas Maccabees] made atonement for the dead,that they might be delivered from their sin”(2 Maccabees 12:45).From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the Dead,and offered prayers in suffrage for them,above all the Eucharistic sacrifice,so that thus purified,they may attain The beatific vision of God.The Church also commends almsgiving,indulgences,and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead.

Do all in your power to relieve and liberate these blessed souls.Remember the Holy Souls year round.One traditional belief is that most souls are released on Christmas Day,not on All Souls Day.By remembering the Holy Souls in your daily prayers during the summer months,you are giving them “Christmas in July”.Pray the stations of the cross for the Holy Souls,especially during Lent.Do this Novena for the Holy Souls prior to Our Lords feast days and major Marian feast days.Offer Holy Mass for them once a month.The Holy Souls never rest.They suffer Day and night.

And what becomes of all the merit of those masses,and other suffrages that are offered for souls which are not in purgatory?No prayer is ever wasted.Our Lord applies them to the souls as He sees fit.

Graciously hear O God the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the Suffering souls in purgatory,who,not having satisfied Thy Justice confide in Thine infinite mercy and our intercessions.Extend unto them Thy consolations,and redeem them,through Christ our Lord.Amen.

Eternal Rest grant unto them,O Lord,and may perpetual light shine upon them.May they Rest In Peace.Amen.

“I will without delay,immeadiately come to the relief of the souls in purgatory;with sons and sighs I will invoke the Lord;with tears I will entreat Him;I will be their advocate by my prayers;I will especially offer up for them,or have offered for them,the Holy Sacrafice of the Mass and the prayers of the Rosary,in order that the Lord,with the eyes of His unspeakable mercy,may look down upon them,changing their desolation into comfort,their misery into joy,and their pains into everlasting glory and bliss.

~St.Bernard

~Excerpt from “Thirty Day Devotions for the Holy Souls” by Susan Tassone~

Marian Saturdays Series~Our Lady of Mount Carmel 


Aylesford, England, and Avignon, France 1251 and Fourteenth century 

BEGINNING AND GROWTH OF THE CARMELITE ORDER 

History reports that the great Prophet Elias, before the birth of Christ, ascended the holy mountain of Mount Carmel in Palestine and began a life of prayer and contemplation that was to inspire the beginning and growth of the Carmelite Order. Sometime after the Prophet Elias was taken up into Heaven as related in Scripture’s Book of Kings, several men, inspired by the prophet, took up residence in the caves of Mount Carmel to live as hermits. After the Incarnation, their successors erected on the Mount the first chapel ever dedicated to the Mother of God. Because of the invasion of infidels and due to the increase in vocations, many men ventured into Europe while some were being invited to do so. St. Louis IX, king of France, invited the hermits to settle in France. Because of these migrations, it became necessary  to change some of the rules. The hermits were then forced to become mendicants who depended on the generosity of the people for their necessities. This presented serious difficulties for the religious Orders already established who resented the newcomers and their needs and responded with various types of harassment. 

 ST. SIMON STOCK APPEALS TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

History then reports that St. Simon Stock, who had left England for the Holy Land, returned to his native land when the Muslims invaded. On his return to England, he joined the Carmelite Order and was eventually elected prior. He appealed to the patroness of the Order, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, on July 16, 1251, with this prayer that is still recited frequently by members of the Order: 

Flower of Carmel, 

Blossoming vine,

 Splendor of Heaven, 

Mother Divine, 

None like to thee, 

Peerless and fair,

 Thy children of Carmel,

Save by thy care, 

Star of the Sea.


Suddenly a great flood of light filled his cell. In the company of many angels, the Blessed Virgin, with the Child Jesus, presented the brown scapular to him with this promise: “This shall be the privilege for you and for all Carmelites that whoever dies piously wearing this scapular, shall not suffer eternal flames.” The scapular had already been worn at times as a protective garment during work and consisted of two lengths of fabric joined at the shoulders so that the scapular lies front and back. With the recognition given by the Queen of Heaven, the scapular became a permanent and much respected addition to the Carmelite habit. After the apparition and after numerous appeals for protection against the Order’s antagonists, Pope Innocent IV on January 13, 1252, sent a letter of protection that secured the Order from the problems they encountered. 

Some years later, when St. Peter Thomas (1305–1366) was engaged with important missions of the papal court, Our Lady of Mount Carmel again favored her Order. Concerned about the Order, he heard these words: “Have confidence, Peter, for the Carmelite Order will last until the end of the world. Elijah, its founder, obtained it a long time ago from my Son.” It was during this fourteenth century that many, attracted to the Carmelite Order and the many privileges it enjoys, became members of the Order by way of confraternities. They then participated in the graces, benefits and observances of the Order, and were properly enrolled in the Confraternity or Third Order. 

THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE 

Another vision took place, this time to Pope John XXII on March 3, 1322. Now known as the Sabbatine Privilege, Our Lady revealed: “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend into Purgatory on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory I shall free.” St. Robert Bellarmine explains the promise to mean, “that anyone dying in Mary’s family will receive from Her, at the hour of death, either the grace of perseverance in the state of grace or the grace of final contrition.” On learning of this vision, Pope Benedict XV encouraged all to wear this “common armor … which enjoys the singular privilege of protection even after death.” Sixteen popes have given their approval to this Privilege, including Pope Paul V who issued a decree on its behalf. Many saints have also added their approval. The Carmelite Order, for various reasons, no longer speaks of it. Nevertheless, the faithful members may still believe in this extraordinary promise based on their faith in the mercy of our heavenly parents. 

POPE PIUS XI SPEAKS FOR THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE 

Six hundred years after the vision of Pope John XXII in which the Sabbatine Privilege was revealed, Pope Pius XI observed the occasion by writing in 1922: It surely ought to be sufficient to merely exhort all the members of the confraternities and third orders to persevere in the holy exercises which have been prescribed for the gaining of the indulgences to which they are entitled and particularly for the gaining of the indulgence which is the principal and the greatest of them all, namely, that called the Sabbatine. Many saints have spoken highly of the scapular, including St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. Claude de la Colombière who announced: “I testify without a moment’s hesitation that the Scapular is the most favored of all.” It is regarded as the most indulgenced of all sacramentals. 

BERNADETTE WORE THE SCAPULAR AS DID POPE JOHN PAUL II 

It is claimed that Bernadette always wore the scapular and had one of her apparitions on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At Fatima, too, Our Lady of Mount Carmel appeared during the spectacular miracle of the sun. Our Lady of Mount Carmel also appeared at Castelpetroso, Italy, during a vision that was witnessed by many. It is also of interest to realize that the scapulars of St. Alphonsus Liguori and St. John Bosco were found intact during their exhumations and are still preserved in reliquaries. Additionally, St.John Paul II joined the Discalced Third Order of Mount Carmel as a young man and always wore the scapular, even when in the hospital after the attempt on his life.

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Revelation of St.Mechtilde Concerning The Prayer Which Pleases Mary Most 


One day, when St. Mechtilde was praying and was trying to think of some way in which she could express her love of the Blessed Virgin better than before, she fell into ecstasy. 

Our Lady appeared to her with the Angelic Salutation written in letters of gold upon her breast and said to her, “My daughter, I want you to know that no one can please me more than by saying the greeting which the most adorable Trinity presented to me and by which I was raised to the dignity of the Mother of God.
“By the word Ave, which is the name of Eve, Eva, I learned that God in his infinite power had preserved me from all sin and its attendant misery which the first woman had been subject to.
“The name Mary, which means ‘lady of light,’ shows that God has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to light up heaven and earth.
“The words, full of grace, remind me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give these graces in abundance to those who ask for them through my mediation.
“When people say, The Lord is with thee, they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.
“When you say to me, Blessed art thou among women, I praise the mercy of God who has raised me to this exalted degree of happiness.
“And at the words, Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the whole of heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus adored and glorified for having saved mankind.

Excerpt from “The Secret of the Rosary” by St.Louis de Montfort 

The Secret to Perfection Revealed to St.Mary Magdalene 


Few saints have reached the same heights of prayer as Saint Mary Magdalene, who was lifted up to heaven by angels each day, and who had the privilege of learning at the feet of Jesus and his holy Mother. Yet one day, when she asked God to show her a sure way of advancing in his love and arriving at the heights of perfection, he sent the archangel St. Michael to tell her, on his behalf, that there was no other way for her to reach perfection than to meditate on our Lord’s passion. So he placed a cross in the front of her cave and told her to pray before it, contemplating the sorrowful mysteries which she had seen take place with her own eyes.

Excerpt from “The Secret of the Rosary” by St.Louis de Montfort 

Our Lady of the Pillar~First Apparition of Mary 


Perhaps the oldest devotion to Our Lady in Europe is the devotion to Our Lady of the Pillar. In Spain, Pilar is a popular girl’s name, as is Mercedes for Our Lady of Mercy. (In fact, General Franco named one of his daughters Pilar, just as one of the Carmelite Martyrs written of in this issue was named Sister Maria del Pilar.) In the year AD 36, while She was yet on earth, Our Lady bilocated and appeared to Saint James on the banks of the river Ebro, near the city of Caesar-Augusta (now Zaragoza or Saragossa). She appeared, accompanied by celestial music, on a six-foot pillar of jasper. Her purpose was to comfort and encourage St. James and his disciples. Our Lady commanded that a chapel be built on the spot in Her honor and She promised Her assistance to those who invoke Her. The Apostle was quick to carry out the wishes of the Queen of Apostles.

The present church, built by Charles II the late 1600s, is the last of several replacements and enlargements of the original edifice. King Ferdinand VI, in 1753, commissioned an architect to build the special side chapel which houses Our Lady’s pillar. On the pillar, whose jasper cannot be matched anywhere in the world, is erected a fifteen-inch statue of Our Lady with the child Jesus, Who holds a dove (cf. Canticle of Canticles 2:14 & 6:8). One tradition says that Our Lady Herself gave the statue to Saint James, while another states that Saint James commissioned it. Regardless of its origin, many miracles attest to Heaven’s predilection for the relic. Among its many prodigies is the fact that, in almost 2,000 years, the statue has never needed dusting.

No one is allowed to touch the statue, except for the four priests assigned to its care and clothing, and newly baptized infants who are lifted up so that the new children of God might touch the image of their heavenly Mother. The pillar itself has been covered with silver and bronze, except for an opening where pilgrims may venerate it, and the spot is quite worn away from the millions of kisses it has received. The choirboys and acolytes who serve the chapel form a special group of boys, known as Infantes. It is considered a great privilege for a family to have a son in the special uniform of the Infantes.

In 1936, the Reds dropped bombs on the shrine, but the two that hit the church failed to detonate. This incident showed the perfidy of the Reds and the power of Our Lady’s protection.

Source:Catholicism.org

Pictures below from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar in Spain