“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.  Honour 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”
Our Lord to St Bernard of Clairvaux after he prayed, asking Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering

St Bernard of Clairvaux, after receiving the above message from Christ regarding the pain He experienced in His shoulder, sought to foster devotion to the Shoulder Wound of Christ, and penned this prayer:


O 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 the Cross. Amen.

“Pope Eugenius III, at the earnest request of St Bernard, has granted 3000 years indulgence to all who, with a contrite heart, recite the Our Father Prayer and Hail Mary three times in Honour of the Wound of the Shoulder of Our Blessed Redeemer.”

Reveal it to men and let it be known that any grace asked in virtue of this Wound will be granted. And to all those who, in memory of it, will honour Me daily by reciting 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, 3 Glory Be’s, I will pardon them, all their mortal and venial sins. They will not die an unexpected death and at the last hour, they will be visited by The Blessed Virgin and will obtain Grace and Mercy.

This devotion is surfacing again after eight centuries.  Thanks to the Marian Centre, Our Lord has given it for the height of the great tribulation that will see the church return to the time of the Catacombs when it will be very difficult to find a Priest. It also makes up for so many badly prepared confessions, without true remorse, or else with a restricted sincerity.

This does not dispense from the Sacramental Confession.


I, a miserable sinner, humbly venerate the painful wound inflicted on Thy sacred shoulder by the heavy burden of the cross. I adore Thee, O my suffering Saviour! I praise and glorify Thee with all my heart; I bless the infinite love which induced Thee to submit to that torturing wound, beseeching Thee, through its efficacy and through all the torments of Thy passion, to have mercy on me, a sinner; to forgive my transgressions, and strengthen me to follow the traces of Thy Cross, until happily united to Thee in a glorious eternity. Amen.

Taken from The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Edition. 1898 – Page 71

Padre Pio, a Capuchin Friar, Priest and Mystic, was known as a confessor and a holy man who for 58 years bore the Wounds of Christ (the stigmata) on his hands and feet.  In 1947 Karol Wojtyla, asked Padre Pio which of His Wounds caused the greatest suffering. “It is my shoulder wound. It is painful and sweet at the same time, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated.”

On November 25, 1873, Marie-Julie Jahenny, all of a sudden, is seized with a violent pain and falls into ecstasy. She sees Our Lord carrying His Cross on His Left Shoulder and the blood flowing from that lacerated shoulder. She herself experiences a vivid pain on her left shoulder. After the ecstasy, her mother will ascertain, behind her daughter’s shoulder a new wound in the shape of a cross.Our Lord declared unto her: “I will treat with a preference whoever will meditate upon this Wound … I will come to seek devotees to My Holy Shoulder. I shall comfort them at the moment of their agony.” (p. 20, The Prophecies of La Fraudais).