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The Fifteen "O" Prayers of Saint Bridget
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."
1st PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! You have proved that You have no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men. I recall all the sufferings of Your life especially Your Passion.

I remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Your disciples, having washed their feet, You gave them Your Most Precious Body and Blood, and, while consoling them, You foretold Your coming Passion.
I remember the sadness and bitterness which You experienced in Your Soul as You said, My Soul is sorrowful even unto death.

I remember all the fear, anguish and pain that You did suffer in Your delicate Body before the torment of the Crucifixion, when, after having prayed three times, bathed in a sweat of blood, You were betrayed by Judas, arrested by the people of a nation You had chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses and unjustly judged by three judges.

I remember that You were despoiled of Your garments and clothed in those of derision, that Your Face and Eyes were covered, that You were beaten, Crowned with Thorns, a reed placed in Your Hands, that 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 entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins. Amen

2nd PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the horror and sadness which You endured when Your enemies surrounded You, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of cruelties tormented You. In consideration of these torments and insulting words, I beg You to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Your protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen.

3rd PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the very bitter pain You did suffer when the executioners nailed Your Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and, not finding You in a sad enough state, to satisfy their cruelty they enlarged Your Wounds, and added pain to pain, stretching Your Body on the Cross and dislocated Your Bones by pulling Them on all sides. I beg of You by the memory of this most loving suffering of the Cross to grant me the grace to love You. Amen.

4th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I Remember the bruises You suffered and the weakness of Your Body, which was distended to such a degree that never was there 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 not in torment. Yet, forgetting all Your sufferings, You did not cease to pray to Your Heavenly Father for Your enemies, saying: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Through this great mercy and in memory of this suffering, 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
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the sadness which You experienced when, foreseeing those who would be damned for their sins, You suffered bitterly over these hopeless, lost and unfortunate sinners.

Through this abyss of compassion and pity and especially through the goodness which You displayed to the good thief when You said to him, "This day you will be with Me in Paradise, I beg of You that at the hour of my death to show me mercy. Amen.

6th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the grief which You suffered when, like a common criminal, You were raised and fastened to the Cross, when all Your relatives and friends abandoned You, except Your Beloved Mother who remained close to You during Your agony and Whom You entrusted to Your faithful disciple when You said, "Woman, behold Your son. Son behold your Mother."

I beg You by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Your Holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my afflictions and tribulations, both of body and spirit, and to assist me in all my trials and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.

7th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember Your profound gesture of love from the Cross when You said, "I thirst," and Your suffering from the thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg You to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our actions and to extinguish in us all wordly desires. Amen.

8th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the bitterness of the gall and vinegar which You tasted on the Cross for love of us. Grant us the grace to receive worthily Your Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death that It may be a remedy of consolation for our souls. Amen

9th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the pain You endured when, immersed in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted, outraged by the people, You cried out in a loud voice that You were abandoned by Your Father, saying: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Through this anguish I beg You not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen

10th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember that for our sakes You were immersed into an abyss of suffering. In consideration of the enormity of Your Wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, Your Commandments, which are a wide and easy path for those who love You. Amen

11th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember Your Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Your Bones and to the depth of Your Being. Draw me away from sin and hide me in Your Wounds. Amen

12th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the multitude of Wounds which afflicted You from Head to Foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Your Precious Blood. O great and universal Pain which You suffered in Your Flesh for love of us! What is there You could have done for us which You have not done?

May the fruit of Your sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Your Passion and may Your love increase in my heart each day until I see You in eternity, You Who are the treasury of every real good and joy, which I beg You to grant me in Heaven. Amen

13th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the pain You endured when all Your strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted; You bowed Your Head, saying: "It is consummated." Through this anguish and grief, I beg You to have mercy on me at the hour of my death, when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish. Amen

14th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the simple and humble recommendation You made of Your Soul to Your Eternal Father, saying, "Father, into Your Hands I commend My Spirit," and when, Your Body all torn and Your Heart broken, You expired. By this Precious Death, I beg You to comfort me and give me help to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that, being dead to the world, I may live for You alone. I beg of You at the hour of my death to receive me. Amen

15th PRAYER
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary

O Jesus! I remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which You shed. From Your Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, Blood and Water poured forth until there was not left in Your Body a single Drop; and finally the very substance of Your Body withered and the marrow of Your Bones dried up.

Through this bitter Passion and through the outpouring of Your Precious Blood, I beg You to pierce my heart so that my tears of penance and love may be my bread day and night. May I be entirely converted to You; may my heart be Your perpetual resting place; may my conversation be pleasing to You; and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may merit Heaven and there with Your saints praise You forever. Amen
Prayer to Saint Bridget
With hearts full of confidence, we turn to you, O Blessed Bridget, in these times of darkness and unbelief, to invoke your powerful intercession on behalf of those who are separated from the true Church of Jesus Christ. Conscious of your deep knowledge of the cruel sufferings of our crucified Saviour, we beseech you to obtain the gift of Faith for all those who are outside the one fold, so that all the scattered sheep may be return to the one true Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Saint Bridget, fearless in the service of God, pray for us.
Saint Bridget, patient in suffering and humiliation, pray for us.
Saint Bridget, devout in thy love towards Jesus and Mary, pray for us.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Gloria
Prayer of Saint Bridget
O Lord, make haste and illumine the night.
I long for You as the dying long for You.
Say to my soul that nothing happens
without Your permitting it,
and that nothing of what You permit
is without comfort.
O Jesus, Son of God,
You who were silent
in the presence of Your accusers,
restrain my tongue
until I find what I should say
and how to say it.
Show me the way
and make me ready to follow it.
It is dangerous to delay,
yet perilous to go forward.
Answer my petition and show me the way.
I come to You as the wounded go to the doctor
In search of aid.
Give peace O Lord to my heart. 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; https://commons.wikimedia.org
Saint Bridget in the religious habit and the crown of a Bridgettine nun, in a 1476 breviary of the form of the Divine Office unique to her Order. https://commons.wikimedia.org
Saint Bridget by Girolamo del Pacchia; 1477; Siena
October 8 - Saint Bridget of Sweden - Converting Our Hearts to the Love of Jesus Christ - Founder of the Brigenttine Order - Patron Saint of Europe
 
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