First Trasverberation of the Heart, August 5, 1918
The trasveberation is an extraordinary grace that some saints like
Saint Theresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross have received.
The heart of the person chosen by God is pierced by a mysterious
arrow, experienced like a dart that upon penetrating one’s chest
leaves behind a wound of love that burns, while the soul is elevated
to the highest levels of contemplation of love and pain.
(The trasveberation is a phonemenon also known as the assalto del
Serafino in Italian: the assault of the Seraphim).
Padre Pio received this extraordinary grace on August 5, 1918. With
great simplicity, Padre recited to his spiritual director what took
place: "I was listening to the confessions of the boys that evening
when, suddenly, I became greatly frightened upon seeing with the eyes
of my mind a celestial visitor that appeared before me. In his hand
he was carrying something that looked like a long iron lance, with a
very sharp point. It seemed like fire emanated from that point. I
saw this person violently hurl the lance into my soul. I could barely
complain and felt like I was dying. I told the boy that he leave the
confessionary because I was feeling quite ill and did not have the
strength to continue. This martyrium lasted without interruption
until the morning of August 7th. From that day on I feel a great
affliction and a wound in my soul that is always open and which
causes me agony."
Sacred Stigmata wounds of Padre Pio,September 20, 1918
The stigmatization of Padre Pio happened the morning of
September 20, 1918, between 9 and 10 AM. He writes:
"I was in the choir reciting the prayer of thanksgiving
in the Mass and I felt that little by little I was being
elevated in an increasingly softly-uttered prayer.
Suddenly a great light engulfed me and Christ appeared before
me, bleeding everywhere. From his body emanated rays of light
that looked more like arrows which were injuring my feet, my
hands and my side.
When I came to, I found myself on the floor, wounded. Blood
flowed from my hands, feet and my side and they hurt to the
point of losing all my strength to get up. I felt like I was
dying, and I would have died had not the Lord come to sustain
my heart that I felt beating strongly inside my chest.
I crawled to my cell. I reclined and prayed, looked once more
at my wounds and cried, elevating hymns of gratitude to God."
Padre Pio was kneeling in the choir loft when he received the wounds.
Chaplet of Padre Pio
Oh Jesus, full of grace and charity,
victim for sinners,
so impelled by Your love of us
that You willed to die on the Cross,
I humbly entreat Thee to glorify in Heaven
and on earth,
the servant of God, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,
who generously participated
in Your sufferings,
who loved Thee so much
and labored so faithfully
for the glory of Your Heavenly Father
and for the good of souls.
With confidence, I beseech Thee to grant me,
through his intercession,
the grace of (mention request),
which I ardently desire.Amen
Pray three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glorias
Prayer for Padre Pio’s Intercession
Gracious God, You generously blessed Your servant, Padre Pio,
with gifts of the Holy Spirit. You marked his body with the
five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the
saving Passion and Death of Your Son, and as a stirring inspiration
to many people of Your infinite mercy, forgiveness and love.
In the confessional, Padre Pio labored endlessly for the salvation
of souls. Through his powerful intercession, many who suffered were
healed of sickness and disease. Endowed with the gift of discernment,
he could read people’s hearts. From the blood of his wounds came a
sweet fragrance, a special sign of Your Holy Presence. With dignity
and intense devotion, he celebrated daily Mass, inviting countless men
and women to a greater union with Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the
Through the intercession of Saint Pio, I confidently beseech You to grant
me the grace of (state your petition here). Help me to imitate his example
of prayerful holiness and compassion, so that I, too, may faithfully follow
the Risen Lord, and one day rejoice in the Kingdom of Heaven, where You live
and reign forever and ever. Amen
Padre Pio blessing the faithful inside the Church of San Giovanni Rotondo,
Italy, from the choir loft.
Prayer for the Sick by Saint Padre Pio
Holy Padre Pio, as during your earthly life you showed a great love for the
sick and the afflicted, listen to our pleas and intercede before the merciful
Father for those who suffer. Assist from Heaven all the sick of the world,
sustain those who have lost all hope of healing; console those who scream or
cry because of their tremendous pain; protect those who cannot tend to or
medicate themselves due to lack of material resources or ignorance;
encourage those who cannot repose because they must work; watch over
those who search in bed for a less painful position; accompany those
who pass the night without sleep; visit those who see their infirmity as
frustrating their projects; illuminate those who spend a "dark night" and
despair; touch the members and muscles that have lost mobility;
illuminate those who see their faith totter and who feel attacked by
doubts that torment them; calm those who become impatient seeing that they
are not improving; calm those who are overwhelmed by pains and discomfort;
grant patience, humility and constancy to those who are being
rehabilitated; return peace and joy to those who have become filled with
anguish; diminish the sufferings of the most weak and the elderly;
watch next to their bed those who have lost their memory; guide the
moribund to the eternal joy; guide those who most need the encounter
with God; and bless abundantly those who care for them in their pain,
console them in their anguish and protect them with charity. Amen
A Prayer After Holy Communion by Saint Padre Pio
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so as to not
forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength so that I
may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You my fervor
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I may hear Your voice and follow it.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and to be in
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul may be, I wish it to be a place
of rest for You, a nest of love...
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a
close... meaning, death, judgement, eternity approach...
Stay with me; I need to renew my strength, so that I will not become
weak along the way; for this, I need You.
It is getting late and death
The darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the crosses, the sorrows, all
disquiet me. O how much do I need You!
Make me know you, like your disciples did,
when you broke the bread. May the eucharistic union be the light
that dispels the shadows, the force that sustains me and the only
joy of my heart.
Stay with me Lord, because when death comes I want to be united to You,
if not truly by Holy Communion, then at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus! I do not ask for your divine consolation, because
I do not deserve it, but I do ask for the gift of your most holy presence
... this, yes, I do ask of you!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I
look for. Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit,
because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You
I want a fervent and profound love.
I want to love You with all my
heart, here on earth, so as to continue to love You perfectly for all
Prayer to Holy Mary by Saint Padre Pio
Most Holy Immaculate Virgin and my Mother, Mary, to you, who are the
Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the Advocate, Hope, Refuge
of sinners, I recourse today, I, who am the most miserable of all, I
venerate you, O great Queen, and I thank you for all the graces you
have given me until now, specially having liberated me from hell,
so many times deserved by me.
I love you, most beloved Lady and, for the love I have for you, I
promise to want to serve you always and to do all that I can so that
you are loved more by others. I place in you, after Jesus, all my
hopes, all my health; accept me as your servant, and protect me
under your mantle, you Mother of mercy. And, as you are so powerful
before God, free me from all temptations or obtain for me the strength
of overcoming them, until death.
To you I ask for true love for Jesus Christ; from you I await to make a
good death, my Mother, for the love you have for God. I plead that you
help me always, but above all, at the last moment of my life. Do not
abandon me until you see me saved in Heaven, blessing you and singing
praises to your mercy for all eternity. I so await and may it be so.
I commend to you the souls of purgatory, specially the most devout to the
Most Holy Sacrament and to Mary most Holy. I commend to you all the poor
sinners. I unite, in the end, my beloved Saviour, all my affections, with
the affections of your most beloved heart and thus so united I offer them
to the Eternal Father and implore, in your name, that by your love He
accept and grant it. Praised and blessed be Jesus and Mary. Amen.
Padre Pio blessing the faithful at the end of Mass
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