24th April – Memorial of Glorious Wounds

On 24th April Passionists celebrate the memorial of The Glorious Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ.

HYMN – OFFICE OF READINGS

O Lance, what words can give you praise. For you opened the side of Christ, and the church was born.

A new Eve came from his side while his body rested in sleep. A new Adam brought her forth, in blood and water from his heart.

O Nails, what words can praise you, driven into Christ’s holy limbs. You are fastened to the cross, through his blood, the decree abolishing his death.

O Jesus, saints and angels praise you, still marked in heaven with nails, still bearing the wounds of the lance, reigning with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ your hands, feet and side were pierced and flowed with blood for the world’s salvation. The wounds in your risen body strengthened the faith of your apostles in your glorious resurrection. Deepen our devotion to these proofs of your love and unite us more closely to your passion, so that we may rise with you to newness of life, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

REFLECTION

“Fixing the gaze of our spirit on the glorious wounds of His transfigured body, we can understand the meaning and value of suffering, (and) we can tend the many wounds that continue to disfigure humanity in our day” (Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi address, Easter 2008)

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