18 April 2017

The Banner of Five Wounds of Christ


Flying above the Catholic Chaplaincy and Halls of Residence in Cardiff

There has been a renewed interest of late in the Banner of the Five Wounds of Christ.  The banner has appeared in the right hand column of this blog since its inception in A.D. 2006.  

The Banner of the Five Wounds was the symbol of The Pilgrimage of Grace, that great Catholic uprising against the monarch who had suppressed the abbeys and monasteries, turned out the monks and nuns, and sold or gave away the sacred precincts to friends of the King for their own estates.  Since Henry VIII was a liar who did not keep his word, the Pilgrimage of Grace did not succeed in stopping the destruction of the Catholic Church in England. Nevertheless, the banner remains as a visual symbol of the Faith once delivered to the Saints as it had been believed in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland before the innovations of those who sought to destroy the Catholic Church and supplant it with pale forged copies of what had gone on before.

The Devotion to the Five Holy Wounds of Christ was at the very heart of the Christian faith in the British Isles before Henry VIII and the revolution of the Reformation.  It is a most amazing development that The Mass of the Five Wounds (found in the pre-reformation Sarum Missal) has found its place again in the new Missal of the Personal Ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI for those of Anglican heritage and the Anglican patrimony.

I find it a remarkable sign that the Mass of the Five Wounds has returned through the Ordinate Missal and that there has been a surge of interest in the Banner. I would never have imagined that I would live to see new Banners of the Five Wounds created and flying outside in the open air.  

A most sincere and humble Thank You to the Lord of All. Deo gratias.

A replica Banner of the Five Wounds of Christ
Deo gratias.