The veneration of the Thorn-Crowned Savior is a wonderful prayer that can be used at a holy hour of reparation or during any meditation of our Lord’s sacrifice. It’s also ideal for Lent.
Our lord suffered many insults and much mockery because he loves us and does not want us to perish. May we never take his love and sacrifice for granted.
The Saints have always stressed how important it is for us to meditate on the Lord’s passion. For example, St. Bonaventure said:
“He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus.” And he adds that “there is no practice more profitable for the entire sanctification of the soul than the frequent meditation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ.”
St. Paul of the Cross said:
“Do not pass one day without devoting a half hour, or at least a quarter of an hour, to meditation on the sorrowful Passion of your Saviour. Have a continual remembrance of the agonies of your crucified Love, and know that the greatest saints, who now, in heaven, triumph in holy love, arrived at perfection in this way.”
St Maximum of Turin, said:
Our Savior’s passion raises men and women from the depths, lifts them up from the earth, and sets them in the heights.
So, you see how important it is to meditate on Christ’s passion, and the Veneration of the Thorned-Crowned Savior, is the perfect way to do so!
VENERATION OF THE THORN-CROWNED SAVIOR
And platting a crown of thorns, they put it up on His head. They began to spit upon Him, and they gave Him blows. Others smote His face and said: ‘Prophesy, who is it that struck Thee?’ “
O holy Redeemer! Thou art clothed with a scarlet cloak, a reed is placed in Thy hands for a sceptre, and the sharp points of a thorny crown are pressed into Thy adorable head.
My soul, thou canst never conceive the sufferings, the insults and indignities offered to our Blessed Lord during this scene of pain and mockery.
I therefore salute Thee and offer Thee supreme homage as King of Heaven and earth, the Redeemer of the world, the Eternal Son of the
O my afflicted Savior! O King of the world, Thou art ridiculed as a mock king. I believe in Thee and adore Thee as the King of kings and
Lord of lords, as the supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth.
O Jesus! I devoutly venerate Thy sacred head pierced with thorns, struck with a reed, overwhelmed with pain and derision.
I adore the Precious Blood flowing from Thy bleeding wounds. To Thee be all praise, all thanksgiving and all love for evermore.
O meek Lamb, Victim for sin! May Thy thorns penetrate my heart with fervent love, that I may never cease to adore Thee as my God, my King and my Savior.
V. Behold, O God, our Protector,
R. And look upon the face of Thy Christ.
O my beloved Savior, at sight of Thy most holy face disfigured by suffering, at the sight of Thy Sacred Heart so full of love, I cry out with St. Augustine: “Lord Jesus, imprint on my heart Thy sacred wounds, so that I may read therein sorrow and love: sorrow, to endure every sorrow for Thee; love, to despise every love for Thee.” Amen.
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Recommended Reading on the Eucharist & Reparation
- The Ideal of Reparation
- Manual for Eucharistic Adoration (Poor Clares)
- Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints
- A Year with the Eucharist: Daily Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament
- Saint Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love
See Also: Devotion to the Pierced Feet of Jesus