On Friday 2nd May 2014 Passionists celebrate the memorial of the Glorious Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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 the apostles in your glorious resurrection. Deepen our devotion to this proof 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.
FROM THE HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
“The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away; they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us.”
(Homily, Canonisation of Saint Pope John XXIII and Saint Pope John Paul II, 27th April 2014)