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Memorial of the Glorious Wounds of Jesus

On the second Friday after Easter, Passionists celebrate the memorial of the Glorious Wounds of the Risen Christ. 

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Christ redeemed us by his cross and death and made us citizens of Calvary. He rose from the dead and thereby destroyed death and restored life. Let us cry out to him:
Christ, the Living One, hear us.

To wash us in blood and water, your hands and feet were torn by nails and your side pierced with a lance,
--- make us cherish until death the baptismal graces you won for us.

You are the one Bridegroom of the Church which sprung from your open side,
--- make us worthy offspring of this nuptial mystery.

You nailed to the cross the sentence of our damnation and destroyed it there,
--- break the chains of sin that bind us and light up the darkness of our minds.

In your own body on the cross, you made peace between God and us,
--- bring the nations of the world to a spirit of understanding and friendship.

Through your passion and resurrection, you returned to your Father in triumph,
--- take us with you as partners in your glory.

Lord, you walked the hard way of suffering and the cross, and through your resurrection you reinforced the promise of immortality,
--- may our sufferings and death be modeled on yours, that we may rise in glory and enter into the joys of your kingdom.

Our Father...

Lord Jesus Christ, your hands, feet and side were pierced and flowed with blood for the world's salvation. The wounds in your risen body strengthened the faith of your apostles in your glorious resurrection. Deepen our devotion to these proofs of your love so that we may rise with you to newness of life, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

from the Passionist Propers of the Liturgy of the Hours

Earlier Event: April 9
Annunciation of the Lord