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
(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.]
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
For this anguish I beg You, O my Savior, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Saint Bridget by Girolamo del Pacchia; 1477; Siena
October 8 - Saint Bridget of Sweden - The 15 "O Prayers - Founder of the Brigenttine Order - Patron Saint of Europe
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