Chaplet of the Five Wounds

The first mention of the Chaplet of the Five Wounds is found in a document dating back to 1821. The Platea of Saints John and Paul, at Rome, relates, “The Most Rev. Fr. General, acting in accordance with our spirit to promote devotion to the Passion of Our Lord, obtained permission to bless the Chaplet of the Five Wounds, at the same time enriching it with indulgences.” This chaplet was first approved by a decree of Pius VII dated January 22, 1822.

How to pray the Chaplet of the Five Wounds

The Chaplet of the Five Wounds consists of 5 groups of 5 beads each. For each bead, pray one Glory Be… and one Hail Mary for the Blessed Virgin.

On each group of five beads, meditate on one of the Five wounds of Our Lord.

On the large beads pray,

“Eternal Father,
I offer Thee the Wounds
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
to heal the wounds of our souls.
Amen.”

On the small beads pray,

“My Jesus,
pardon and mercy
through the merits of Thy Sacred Wounds.
Amen.”

Meditate first on the Wound in the left foot of Our Lord,
then the Wound in the right foot,
the left hand,
the right hand,
and finally the Wound in the Sacred side of Jesus.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism