The Catholic Defender: The Crown of Thorns, A King's Ransom


Jesus appeared to Sr Mary Martha Chambon (March 6, 1841 – March 21, 1907) making this promise, "The Holy Crown is for the faithful soul a source of merit.. [it] will merit for you a crown of glory... A single soul performing her actions in union with the merits of My Holy Crown may gain more than many others."

Sr Mary Martha Chambon received her first vision of Jesus when she was nine years old while attending Good Friday Services in the parish church of Lémenc. She related that Jesus appeared to her crucified and covered with wounds and blood.

Later that year, Sr. Mary Martha received her first Holy Communion. At that event, she saw the baby Jesus, who told her, "Child, my favorite, so it will be every time you go to Holy Communion." That being said, Jesus says that to all who receive him in the Eucharist in the State of Grace!

In 1866 after joining a convent at age 21 (Monastery of the Visitation Order in Chambéry), her mother superior maintained a chronicle of Sr. Mary Martha's life that was published in 1923. In 1924 the Vatican granted an indulgence to anyone who honored Jesus wounds coming from her visions.

Jesus also promised "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."

During an apparition of Our Lord to Sr Mary Martha Chambon, He appeared in a pitiful state, wearing the Crown of Thorns. Appealing for compassion, He said: “Behold Him whom you seek, and the condition in which He is! Look…withdraw the thorns from My head by offering to My Father the merits of My Wounds for sinners… Go, seek for souls!” While Sr Mary Martha was contemplating the holy Crown, she saw rays of glory darting from each thorn.

"They placed upon His sacred head a cap made of plaited thorns to serve Him as a crown. This cap was woven of thorn branches and in such a manner that many of the hard and sharp thorns would penetrate into the skull, some of them to the ears and others to the eyes. Hence one of the greatest tortures suffered by the Lord was that of the crown of thorns..."

"My Crown of Thorns caused me more suffering than all My other wounds... It was My most intense suffering after the Garend of Olives." - Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon

The Rosary of the Holy Wounds of Jesus went as follows:

One method of praying the chaplet consists of three prayers that are said on specific portions of the rosary beads as follows:

  • The following prayer is said on the crucifix: "O Jesus, Divine Redeemer, be merciful to us and to the whole world. Amen."

  • followed by the first three beads:

  • "Holy God, Mighty God, Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen" (This prayer is found in the later Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.)

  • "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"

Specific to the Crowning of Thorns, Our Lord gave the following to Sr Mary Martha Chambon:

The Crown of Thorns Prayer

Dear Lord, I am grieved when I consider Thy sad condition when Thou wore the Crown of Thorns upon Thy hold Head. I desire to withdraw the thorns by offering to the Eternal Father the merits of Thy Wounds for the salvation of sinners. I wish to unite my actions to the merits of Thy Most Holy Crown, so that they may gain many merits, as Thou hast promised. Amen.

PROMISE: "The Holy Crown is for the faithful soul a source of merit.. [it] will merit for you a crown of glory... A single soul performing her actions in union with the merits of My Holy Crown may gain more than many others." - Jesus to Sr Mary Martha Chambon

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