The Sacred Wound of Our Lord's Shoulder

Christ Carrying the Cross - by TIZIANO Vecellio - from Museo del Prado, Madrid


It is related in the Annals of Clairvaux that Saint Bernard asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and Our Lord answered:

"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through Its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins".

This revelation and promise of Our Dear Savior is another proof of His Unlimited Mercy. You are urged to say these prayers daily and to promulgate this prayer on a continuous basis, so that others may share in this Blessing.


 The Sacred Wound of Our Lord's Shoulder

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Forensic Evaluation of the Carrying of the Cross

The soldiers tear the purple robe from Him, which has already stuck to His Wounds. The blood starts to flow once more; He gives a great shudder. They replace His own clothes, which become stained with red. The Cross is ready, they place It on His Shoulders. By what Miracle of strength does He remain standing beneath Its burden? It is not in fact, the whole Cross, but only the great horizontal beam, which He must carry to Golgotha, but still it weighs nearly 125 pounds. The vertical is already planted on Calvary.


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A view of the Dorsal (Back) area of the Holy Shroud, with Jesus' Head to the right of the screen and His feet to the left.


There are on the Shroud clear traces of Excoriation on the back and the knees. The right knee seems to be more contused, and shows in the region of the Patella a number of Excoriation which vary in size and shape, and have jagged edges. A little above and on the outer side, there are Two round wounds, about a centimeter in diameter. The left knee also shows various contused wounds, but they are less evident and less numerous.

christ-carry_x1.jpg (106810 bytes)It is specially in the above Dorsal Image of the Shroud that we find marks of the carrying of the Cross. On the Right Shoulder, in the outer part of the Sub-Scapular Region, there is a broad Excoriation area, which is in the form of a rectangle of about 10 x 9 centimeters.

One can also see in the frontal image that this area extends forwards into the Outer Clavicular Region with broad patches of Excoriation. The area at the Back seems to be made up of an accumulation of Excoriation.

They are superimposed on the numerous wounds of the Flagellation, which seem to be as if it were bruised and widened by them, when compared with those along side them. It would appear that some weighty body, and one with a furrowed surface and loosely fastened, must have lain on this shoulder and have bruised, reopened and widened the wounds of the Scourging.

Jesus Painfully puts one foot before the other, and He often falls. He falls to His knees which are soon all raw. The soldiers who form the escort lift Him up, and are not too brutal about it, for they feel He might easily Die on the way.

His Shoulders are covered with raw places, which open up again, and get larger and deeper with each step He takes. He is worn out. On His seamless coat there is a large patch of blood which gets even larger till it reaches right down His Back.

He falls again and this time at full length; the beam falls off Him; will He be able to get up again? Luckily at this moment one Simon of Cyrene passes by. The soldiers make him carry the Cross the rest of the way. There is at last only the slope of Golgotha to be climbed, and they make their painful way to the top of the hill. Jesus sinks to the ground and the Crucifixion begins.


Padre Pio & the Sacred Wound
of Our Lord's Shoulder

Padre Pio Icon


"A young Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) asked Padre Pio which of his wounds caused the greatest suffering .... The priest (Pope) expected Padre Pio to say it was his chest wound, but instead the Padre replied, "It is my shoulder wound, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated".

... Centuries earlier, Our Lord himself had revealed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in a vision, that His Shoulder Wound from carrying the heavy wooden Cross caused Him His greatest suffering, and that the Cross tore into His Flesh right up to the shoulder bone.

At one time, Padre Pio had confided to ... Brother Modestino Fucci ... that his greatest pains occurred when he changed his undershirt .... On February 4, 1971, [Brother] Modestino was assigned the task of taking an inventory of all the items in the deceased Padre’s cell in the Friary ... he discovered that one of Padre Pio’s undershirts bore a circle of bloodstains in the area of the right shoulder.

On that very evening of February 4, 1971, Brother Modestino asked Padre Pio in prayer to enlighten him about the meaning of the bloodstained undershirt .... [Modestino awoke] at 1:00 AM with a terrible, excruciating pain in his shoulder, as if he had been sliced with a knife up to the shoulder bone. He felt that he would die from the pain if it continued, but it lasted only a short time. Then the room became filled with the aroma of a heavenly perfume of flowers – the Sign of Padre Pio’s spiritual presence – and he heard a voice saying ..."This is what I had to suffer!"

by Frank M. Rega

[Published in "The Voice of Padre Pio", March-April 2008, pp. 23-23]


The Prayer

"O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy Flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other Wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee and give Thee thanks for this most Sacred and Painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross".