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The Rosary of the Holy Wounds (also called the Chaplet of Holy Wounds) is a specific form of Roman Catholic prayer used in the Western Church, said on the usual rosary beads. Like some other rosary based prayers (such as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy) it uses the usual rosary beads, but does not include the usual mysteries of the rosary.


The Rosary of the Holy Wounds was first introduced at the beginning of the 20th century by the Venerable Sister Mary Martha Chambon, a Roman Catholic nun of the Monastery of the Visitation Order in Chambery, France.[1] Her first visions were reported in 1866.[2] She is currently awaiting beatification.

She reported that Jesus appeared to her and asked her to unite her sufferings with His as an Act of Reparation for the sins of the world.[3] She attributed this form of Rosary to Jesus during her Visions of Jesus Christ, saying that Jesus considered it an important Act of Reparation for his wounds in Calvary. She reported that Jesus told her:

"When you offer My Holy Wounds for sinners, you must not forget to do so 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."[4]

Format of the Rosary

The Rosary of the Holy Wounds consists of three prayers that are said on specific portions of the rosary beads as follows:

  • The following prayers are said on the crucifix and first three beads:
O JESUS, Divine Redeemer, be merciful to us and to the whole world. Amen.
Strong God, Holy God, Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen
Grace and Mercy, O my Jesus, during present dangers; cover us with Your Precious Blood. Amen.
ETERNAL Father, grant us mercy through the Blood of Jesus Christ, Your only Son; grant us mercy we beseech You. Amen, Amen, Amen.
  • The following prayer is said on the large beads of the rosary chain:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Wounds of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to heal the wounds of our souls.
  • The following prayer is said on the small beads of the rosary chain:
My Jesus, pardon and mercy, through the merits of Your Holy Wounds.

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Prayers to Jesus
Anima ChristiShoulder WoundSacred Heart prayerYou are ChristVianney's prayerPerboyre's prayer Montfort's prayerCrucifix prayer


  1. Ann Ball, 2003 Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices ISBN 087973910X page 121
  2. David Williams, 2004, The Five Wounds of Christ, Gracewing Press ISBN 0852446209 page 28
  3. Michael Freze, 1993, Voices, Visions, and Apparitions, OSV Publishing ISBN 087973454X page 252
  4. G. P. Geoghegan, 2006, A Collection of My Favorite Prayers ISBN 9781411694576 page 79


Anne Cecil Kerr, 1937, Sister Mary Martha Chambon of the Visitation B. Herder Publishing.

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