Did you notice (how could you not!) the new corpus hanging behind the altar last weekend? It’s such a beautiful addition to the Mass. Risen Jesus now resides at the back of the sanctuary, to greet us as we leave Mass.

One interesting feature of our corpus, which is not common, is that his should wound is depicted. There is a special veneration to Christ’s shoulder wound, which was noted by St. Bernard of Clairvaux to be Christ’s greatest unrecorded suffering, that he received while carrying his Cross. He asked that the wound be honored and he would dispose certain blessings to those who did so.

Prayer to venerate the shoulder wound of Jesus:

O loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I, a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Your Shoulder, on which You bore Your heavy Cross, which so tore Your flesh and laid bare Your Bones as to inflict on You an anguish greater than any other wound of Your Most Blessed Body. I adore You, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify You and give You thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching You by that exceeding pain and by the crushing burden of Your 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 Your Cross. Amen

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