The Chaplet of the Holy Wounds

March 15, 1992
Brother John Raymond

	Francoise Chambon was born in France on May 24, 1844 on the farm
 of her good Christian parents. When she was nine Our Lord appeared
 to her all wounded and covered with His Precious Blood. This was on
 Good Friday during the veneration of the Cross. The Infant Jesus
 appeared to her at her First Holy Communion. From then on she always
 saw the Infant Jesus in the Sacred Host. At twenty Francois entered
 the Visitation Nuns at Chambery in France as a lay sister and
 received the name Mary Martha.
	Beginning in 1866 Sister Mary Martha was favored with frequent
 visits from Our Lord, the Virgin Mary, the Souls in Purgatory and
 the Holy Angels. Nearly every day Jesus Crucified appeared and
 offered her the contemplation of His Sacred Wounds. Sometimes the
 Wounds were resplendent and glorious. At other times the Wounds were
 livid and bleeding. Sister was asked by Jesus to unite with the
 pains of His Holy Wounds.
	In 1867 Jesus requested Sister Mary Martha to sacrifice her sleep
 to watch alone before the Most Blessed Sacrament. Although she spent
 some nights in ecstatic prayer, other times she had to struggle
 painfully during the long hours of the night against fatigue and
	During the month of June, while Sister was praying, prostrate
 before the Most Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord appeared, showing her
 the Wound of His Sacred Heart, saying "I have chosen My faithful
 servant, Margaret Mary, to make My Divine Heart known and My little
 Mary Martha to incite devotion to My other Wounds. "Our Lord taught
 her to pray the "Chaplet of the Holy Wounds." He promised the
 following for those who would recite this chaplet:

1. "With My Wounds and My Divine Heart you can obtain all you ask. My
 Wounds will repair your wounds. My Wounds will cover all your
 faults. Those who honor Them will have true knowledge of Me."

2. "Offer My Sacred Wounds often to Me for sinners because I thirst
 for souls. At each word of the invocation that you utter I will let
 a Drop of My Precious Blood fall upon the soul of a sinner."

3. "When you are in trouble or suffering have recourse at once to My
 Sacred Wounds and the pain will be alleviated. These aspirations
 should often be repeated near the sick and the dying."

4. "A sinner who will often say these invocations will obtain the
 grace of conversion."

5. "Do not forget to offer My Holy Wounds for the souls in Purgatory
 as there are but few who think of their relief. The Holy Wounds are
 the treasure of treasures for the souls in Purgatory."

The Chaplet of the Holy Wounds

	Using an ordinary rosary - At the Crucifix make the Sign of the

	On each of the large beads say: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the
 Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.

	On each of the small beads say: My Jesus, pardon and mercy
 through the merits of Thy Most Sacred Wounds.

	Conclude with the Sign of the Cross.