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Saint Bridget was eager for many years to know the number of wounds that Our Lord had received during His Passion. The Fifteen Prayers were taught by Jesus to Saint Bridget during her visions and revelations. He said to her, "I received 5,480 wounds on My Body during My Passion. If you wish to honor each of them in some way pray the following prayers each day for a whole year. When the year is over, you will have honored each one of My Wounds."
(Our Lord Himself dictated these prayers to St. Bridget)
Let us begin by invoking the Sweet Host of our souls and make the sign of the Holy Cross, then pray:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the eternal fire of Your love. Send Lord your Spirit and all will be created, and the face of the earth will be renewed.

Let us pray:

O God, who instructed the hearts of Your faithful with the light of Your Holy Spirit, grant us that, animated and guided by that same Spirit, we learn to always act correctly, enjoying the sweetness of the goodness of His divine consolations. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Next pray the Apostle's Creed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, making an Act of Faith.

[NOTE: after each of the following 15 Prayers, recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.]

1st PRAYER

O Jesus Christ! You are the eternal sweetness of all who love You; the happiness that surpasses all joy and desire; the salvation and hope of all sinners. You have proved that You have no greater desire than to remain forever among men, on earth. You love them to the point of assuming human nature at the fullness of time for Your love for them I remember all the sufferings you have bared from the moment of Your Conception and especially during Your Passion. This is how it was decreed and ordered from all eternity, according to the Divine Plan of God.

I remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Your disciples you washed their feet; and later, You gave them Your Most Precious and Holy Body, and Your most Precious Blood; and, while consoling them with tenderness, You announced Your forthcoming Passion.
I remember the sadness and bitterness which You experienced in Your Soul as You Yourself affirmed, saying, My Soul is sorrowful even unto death.

I remember all the fears, anguish and dolors that You did suffer in Your Sacred Body, before the torment of the Crucifixion. After having prayed three times, all bathed in a sweat of blood, You were betrayed by Your disciple Judas; arrested by the inhabitants of a nation You had chosen and elevated. You were accused by false witnesses and unjustly judged by three judges; all which happened at the peak of your maturity, and on the solemn Paschal station.

I remember that You were despoiled of Your own garments and clothed in a mantle of derision. They covered Your Eyes and Face, inflicting slaps and insults. Later, crowned with thorns, a reed was placed in Your Hands, and You were crushed with blows and overwhelmed with insults and outrages.

In memory of all these pains and sufferings which You endured before Your Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death a true contrition, a sincere and complete confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins. Amen

2nd PRAYER

O Jesus! true liberty of angels and paradise of heavenly delights! I remember the horror and sadness with which You were oppressed, when Your enemies like furious lions surrounded You, and surrounded you with thousands of injuries: insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of cruelties tormenting You. They tormented You as they wished. In consideration of these torments and insulting words, I beg You to free me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Your protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen.

3rd PRAYER

O Jesus! Creator of Heaven and Earth, you cannot be contained nor limited by anything! You encompass everything; all is sustained under Your amorous power. I remember the very bitter pain You did suffer when the Jews, with big, blunt, square nails blow after blow, nailed Your Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross. And, sadly not finding You in a deplorable enough state to satisfy their furor and cruelty, they enlarged Your Wounds, adding pain to pain. With undescribable cruelty they stretched Your Body on the Cross and dislocated Your Bones by pulling Them violently on all sides.

O Jesus! I beg of You by the memory of this most saintly pain you have endured with so much love on the Cross to grant me the grace to fear You and love You. Amen.

4th PRAYER

O Jesus! Celestial Doctor elevated on the Cross to cure our wounds with Your own! I Remember the weakness and the sufferings You endured in all Your members, which were distended to such a degree that never was there ever such pain like Yours. From the Crown of Your Head to the Soles of Your Feet there was not one spot on Your Body which was exempt from torment. Yet, forgetting all Your sufferings, You did not cease to ask for, and pray to Your Heavenly Father, for Your enemies, saying: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Through this immense mercy and in memory of these sufferings, I make this plea: grant that the remembrance of Your most bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.

5th PRAYER

O Jesus! Reflection of Eternal Resplendence! I remember the sharp sadness which You felt when you foresaw the souls that would be condemned. By the light of Your Divinity, you had foreseen the predestination of those who would be saved by means of the merits of Your Sacred Passion. Simultaneously you had contemplated sadly the immense multitude of reprobates that would be condemned for their sins; and You had bitterly complained about these desperate, lost, and disgraced sinners.

By this abyss of compassion and pity and principally by the goodness which You demonstrated to the good thief, when You said to him, "This day you will be with Me in Paradise", I make this plea, Sweet Jesus. I ask you that at the hour of my death to have mercy for me. Amen.

6th PRAYER

O Jesus! King most infinitely longed for and loved! I remember the pain which You suffered when, naked and like a common and typical criminal, You were nailed and raised on the Cross. You were also abandoned by all Your relatives and friends, with the exception of Your very Beloved Mother. In Your agony, she remained loyal to You; later, you entrusted her to Your faithful disciple when You said, "Woman, here is Your son. Son here is your Mother."

I beg You, O my Savior, by the sword of pain which then pierced the soul of Your Most Holy Mother, to have compassion for me. And, in all my afflictions and tribulations, both of body and spirit, have pity on me. Assist me in all my trials and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.

7th PRAYER

O Jesus! Inexhaustible Fount of compassion, have compassion for me! In a profound gesture of love, You had exclaimed on the Cross "I thirst". It was the thirst for the salvation of the human race. O my Savior, I implore You to inflame our hearts with the desire to direct ourselves to perfection, in all our works. Extinguish in us all carnal concupiescence and the ardor of the appetites for wordly desires. Amen.

8th PRAYER

O Jesus! Sweetness of hearts and Delight of the spirit! By the vinegar and the bitter gall which You tasted on the Cross, for love of us, hear our pleas. Grant us the grace to receive worthily Your Most Precious Sacred Body and Blood during our life and also at the hour of our death, that It may serve as remedy for, and consolation of, our souls. Amen

9th PRAYER

O Jesus! True Virtue and joy of the soul! I remember the pain You felt when, immersed in an ocean of bitterness, as death approached, insulted and outraged by the Jews, You cried out in a loud voice that You had been abandoned by Your Celestial Father, saying: "My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?" For this anguish I beg You, O my Savior, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen

10th PRAYER

O Jesus! Beginning and End of all things. You are Life and Virtue in full! I remember that by our cause You were immersed into an abyss of suffering, suffering pain from the sole of your Feet to the crown of your Head. In consideration of the enormity of Your Wounds, teach me to keep, for pure love of You, Your Commandments, whose path of Your Divine Law is wide and agreeable for those who love You. Amen

11th PRAYER

O Jesus! Very deep abyss of Mercy! In memory of Your Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Your Bones and Entrains, so as to bring me, attract me to You, I present this plea: I, a miserable sinner, profoundly submerged in my offenses, ask you to distance me from sin. Hide me from Your Rostrum so justly irritated towards me. Hide me in the nooks of Your Wounds until Your rage and justified indignation has ceased. Amen

12th PRAYER

O Jesus! Mirror of the Truth, Seal of Unity and Link of Charity! I remember the multitude of Wounds with which you were hurt, from Head to Foot. Those wounds were lacerated, torn and reddened, O Sweet Jesus, by the spilling of Your adorable Blood. Oh what great and replete Pain You suffered for love of us, in your Virginal Flesh! Nothing is lacking. You have fulfilled everything! Oh lovable and adorable Jesus! By the faithful remembrance of Your Passion, may the meritorious Fruits of Your sufferings be renewed in my soul. And in my heart, may Your Love increase each day until it comes to contemplate you in eternity. O Most Beloved Jesus! You are the Treasure of all hapiness and true bliss, that I ask you grant me in Heaven. Amen

13th PRAYER

O Jesus! Strong Lion, inmortal and invicible King! I remember the immense pain You suffered when, with all Your strength, both moral and physical, exhausted, You bowed Your Head and said: "All is consummated." By this anguish and pain, I beg You, Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death, when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul submerged in anguish. Amen

14th PRAYER

O Jesus! Only Son of the Celestial Father! Splendor and likeness of His Essence! I remember the simple and humble recommendation You made of Your Soul to Your Eternal Father, telling him: "Father, into Your Hands I commend My Spirit,". Your Body broken, Your Heart destroyed, and your Entrains opened with Your mercy so as to redeem us, You expired. By Your Precious Death, I beg You, O King of all Saints, comfort me. Succor me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that, being dead to the world, I live for You alone. And, at the hour my death, receive my pilgrim, exiled soul that is returning to You. Amen

15th PRAYER

O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! I remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which You so generously shed from Your Sacred Body. Your most precious Blood was spilled like the juice of the grape under the winery.

From Your Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, Blood and Water has poured forth until there was not left in Your Body a single Drop. Finally, like a bundle of myrrh, elevated to the height of the Cross, Your very fine and delicate Flesh was destroyed; the Substance of Your Body was withered; and dissected was the marrow from Your bones. For this bitter Passion, and for the shedding of Your Precious Blood, I beg you, O Sweetest Jesus, to receive my soul, when I suffer the agony of my death.

CONCLUSION

O Sweet Jesus! Wound my heart so that my tears of love and penance may be my bread, day and night. Convert me completely, O My Lord, to You. Make my heart be Your perpetual dwelling place; may my conversation be pleasing to You. May the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may then merit Heaven and there, praise You forever, together with all Your saints. Amen
Life-size Crucifix sculptured by Pietro Cavallini, Church of Saint Paul, Rome, before which Saint Bridget knelt, and there can be read the following inscription: "Pendentis pendente Dei verba accepit aure accipit et verbum corde Brigitta Deum. Anno Jubilei MCCCL," which recalls the prodigy of the crucifix conversing with Saint Bridget. (Translation: "Bridget not only receives the words of God hanging in the air, but takes the word of God into her heart. Jubilee Year 1350.")
Vision of Saint Bridget
Crucifixion by Pietro Cavallini; 1308; Church of San Domenico Maggiore, Naples, Italy; http://commons.wikimedia.org
Saint Bridget by Girolamo del Pacchia; 1477; Siena
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