This devotion to Jesus Crucified owes much to the humble Franciscan lay brother, Fra Leopoldo, who died in odour of sanctity in 1922. Gifted with a deep sense of mental prayer, he became the confident of Jesus Crucified who inspired him the prayer of the DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED. Approved and granted indulgences, the prayer was translated into various languages and distributed by the millions of copies throughout the world. By granting extraordinary graces to those who practise it, God has shown that it was extremely agreeable to Him. In 1912, Fra Leopoldo became acquainted with Fra Teodoreto, a member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools'Institute. Henceforth Our Lord revealed to his confident that He had chosen this Institute to diffuse the DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED.
Our Lord to Leopoldo: Go and write down that it is I, your Jesus, who has guided you when you wrote the words of the saintly DEVOTION / ADORATION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED. You shall tell the members of the pious Union that I love them immensely, that their work is rather light as compared to the infinite reward I have in store for them.
You could not have shown me more love than by distributing the leaflets of the Adoration, so that they reach generous souls who will make repartion to my Divine Person (10-X-1908).
When I ask you if you love me, I do not mean you only and directly. My wish is to be loved through the Devotion to the Most Holy Crucifix which I want spread throughout the whole world (1-1-1909).
The penance I give you is to make me loved throughout the whole world by means of the Devotion (13-1-1909).
In truth, I tell you, the homes where this Devotion is practised shall be blessed (19-1-1909).
After your death, I will show you all the souls who have obtained salvation through the Devotion. A soul dedicated to this saintly Adoration shall not be damned (1-V-1909).
Those who practise the Adoration of the Most Holy Crucifix with faith and love shall enjoy eternal happiness (23-VIII-1909).
Be it known to you, Leopoldo, that I, your tender love, Jesus Crucified, rejoice with a noble and sublime happiness at being glorified through you on earth when you instil the saintly Devotion / Adoration. If I desire so much having it known, it is that, without this Cross sanctified by my Precious Blood, nobody would enter Paradise (16-XII-1909).
You shall hear of the great marvels I will operate in those practising the saintly Devotion (18-1-1912).
I will give a very ardent faith to those who will practise the saintly Adoration and I will continue to feed them with it (7-1-1913).
Do you know why I love you so? It is because, in addition to your loving me, you make me loved as much as you can through my Devotion (19-XI-1908).
Leopoldo, as long as you practise the saintly Adoration, you may rest assured that no evil will ever befall you (18-VI-1918).
Continue working in my vineyard, strive constantly to spread my Devotion more and more, because it is my own. Remember that holy enterprise: instil and diffuse the saintly Adoration throughout the whole world.
The souls who love me shall find me near them in the saintly Adoration, and I will be their sanctification. Here are the graces and blessings I will grant profusely to my devotees. I will grant them the gift of tears, the compunction of the heart, and the food most necessary to their souls.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Fra Leopoldo: You rank first among the merchants of the world because your product, the Devotion to Jesus Crucified, is so agreeable to God that it gathers for yourself inestimable treasures for eternal life.
ADORATION OF THE HOLY WOUNDS
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your left Hand. I beg your mercy for the poor sinners and for the dying, especially for those who are not willing to be reconciled with you.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your right Foot. I beg of You the grace that in all the clergy and among the persons consecrated to You may spring up numerous flowers of sanctity.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your left Foot. I pray to You for the liberation of the souls in Purgatory, especially those who during their lifetime were the most devoted to your holy Wounds.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, prostrated in the deepest respect, with the Most blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and the Blessed of Heaven, I adore the most holy Wound of your Sacred Side and I beseech You to bless all the persons who recommend themselves to my prayers, and to grant their request.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, your Holy Face has been disfigured by the wickedness of men and by our sins. You have taken upon yourself the chastisment that brought us peace. The crown of thorns lacerated your Skull, your venerable Brow, your Sacred Head, Temple of the Divine Wisdom. I love You and I adore You, Lord Jesus. The Wound of your bruised Shoulder, the Wounds of your torn Knees and those inflicted by your atrocious Falgellation are all mouths loudly proclaiming your love, amiable Saviour. I associate my humble life to your merits and sorrows, Host of Mercy, with You I offer myself to the glory of the Father. Amen.
O my most amiable Lord Jesus Crucified, deign to enrich these prayers with the merits of your Passion. Grant me sanctity of life, the grace of receiving the Sacraments at the hour of my death, and eternal glory. Amen.
AFTER EACH ADORATION, SAY:
- Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, pray for us.
- My Jesus, pardon and mercy, through the mertis of your Holy Wounds.
- Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to heal those of our souls.
PATER: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, an lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
AVE: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with Thee, blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
GLORIA: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,world without end. Amen.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Marie-Marthe Chambon: My daughter, my Son, your Divine Spouse, suffers no longer! He is resurrected and glorious. His Wounds are henceforth the source to which the souls will come to draw innumerable graces, and the dwelling where the most miserable will find shelter. Be prepared to worship these glorious Wounds.
If it is wealth you seek, you must draw them from the Holy Wounds of my Son. All lights from the Holy Spirit flow out of the Wounds of Jesus, but you will receive those gifts in proportion to your humbleness. You can easily free the souls in Purgatory and open to them the door of heaven by offering the Holy Wounds to God the Father on their behalf. If I am in heaven and also the other saints, we all owe it to the merits of the Divine Wounds of my Son. By exploiting these Holy Wounds, you too shall become great. It is through my Immaculate Heart that the Holy Wounds of my Son must be honoured.
The Blessed Virgin Mary to Fra Leopoldo: Those who like to worship my Divine Son, Jesus Crucified, gain merits not only from Him but also from Me, his Mother. I fill their hearts with the sweetest consolations.
Continue doing as you do now: love my Son and make Him loved through the Devotion to the Holy Crucifix, by inviting people to practise it. Your mission is to introduce the Holy Devotion / Adoration to the Most Holy Crucifix into all the Christian families, under the leadership of the Holy Father.
Our Lord to Saint Gemma Galgani: Behold, He said to her, showing her His Wounds, these are works of love; of infinite love! They show to what extent I have loved you.
Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis: Today, live within my Wounds, with my Wounds. They sadden you? See them in their glory. No other devotion is greater. They are all myself. They are my Heart, my Limbs, my Head. To love the Father and the Spirit, borrow my Heart; to love your Jesus, offer Him his Passion.
Our Lord to Marie-Marthe Chambon: Here is the source from which you must draw everthing; it is rich, especially for you. Just lie in the Wound of my Side. It is the Wound of my love from which very ardent flames spring up. Come into my Heart, you shall fear nothing. Stretch out your hand to gather my treasures. Take them because my Heart is overflowing with them. I cannot hold them any longer, so great is my desire to give them.
Our Lord to Josefa Menendez: Behold my Wounds, worship them, kiss them. Souls are not the ones who have inflicted them upon Me. It is love. Do you know who thrust this crown into my Head? It is love. Do you know who transpierced my Heart? It is love. Offer often to my Father the Blood from my transpierced heart. By their fidelity and love, may the pious souls know how to heal the wounds inflicted to me by sinners.
DEPTH OF THIS DEVOTION AS REVEALED BY PAUL THE APOSTLE
"Though Jesus possessed the nature of God, ... He laid it aside to take the nature of a slave and become like other men. When He had assumed human form, He still further humbled Himself and carried his obedience so far as to die, and to die upon the Cross! That is why God has so greatly exalted Him and given Him a name above all others... so that everyone should acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and thus glorify God the Father" (Ph. 2, 6-11).
"To those who are on the way to destruction, the mystery of the Cross is nonsense, but to us who are to be saved, it means all the power of God" (I Cor, 1, 18).
"Christ Jesus who died, or rather who was raised from the dead, is at God's right hand, and anctully pleads for us. Who can separate us from Christ's love" (Rom. 8, 34-35)?
AIMS OF THE DEVOTION
- To make reparation for the many outrages that Jesus Christ suffers from the impious, blasphemers, and unthankful, who would like to see Him banished from the schools, the families, and society.
- To awaken in the hearts sorrow for sin, gratitude and love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, and a desire to receive Him frequently in the Holy Communion.
- To obtain Christian life in the families, a good education for the young people, the converion of sinners, and salvation for the dying.
- To introduce everywhere the Holy Crucififx or the Holy Face of Jesus, as reproduced from the Holy Shroud of Turin.
The Union of the Most Holy Crucifix and of the Most Holy Virgin Immaculate, founded in Turin, at the House of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, by archiepiscopal decree of May the 9th, 1914, and placed under the high patronage of H. E. Rev. Mons. Angelo Bartolomasi, is an Association that has its purpose to awaken in Catholics, and especially in the Catholic youth, the spirit of christian piety, religious reparation and holy zeal. The Union includes three categories:
CATECHISTS, PROPOTERS, ASSOCIATES.
The Catechists teach the Christian Doctrine. They hold meetintgs and have special feasts and regulations.
The Promoters are the faithful who help in the work of the Catechists and do their best in performing what is herewith mentioned: 1 - Practise every day the "DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED" and work with zeal to diffuse by all menas this devotion, 2 - Receive the Holy Communion at least once a month.
The Associates are the faithful Christians who do their best to practise every day the "DEVOTION TO JESUS CRUCIFIED".
In order to be admitted as Promoter or as Associate to the Union, it is necessary to send to the Presidency an application with the following indications: Name and Surname - Address - Category (Promoter, Catechist or Associate - He or she).
We pray the Lord to bestow his graces upon the Director and the members of the pious Union of the Most Holy Crucifix, canonically founded in Turin, because priests, through voice and example, and laymen, with sanctity of life, ought to always "Forget everything but Jesus Christ and his Crucifixion" (I Cor, 2, 2).
From the Vatican, January 18, 1915 - Benedict XV, Pope
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