Many copies of the Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden are circulated with a set of “Fantastic Promises.” Now, the promises are rather specific to the point of superstition, and their provenance is uncertain. Therefore, the Church has forbidden their publication (though certain prayer books and websites do publish their content). The devotions themselves are highly approved and recommended.
The gist of the promises, however, is not much different than what one hears in the Scapular promises, Divine Mercy, or various promises made in conjunction with the Rosary: namely, that devout and consistent saying of these prayers will result in great graces. Also, of course, the prayers are meditations on the Passion, and any reflection on the Bible, the Gospel in particular, and the Passion most specifically, carries great graces.
The promises encourage that the prayers be said every day for a year, and that such devotion will be repaid with fantastic graces, including the conversions of family members, release of relatives’ souls from Purgatory, etc.
I have never successfully said the prayers every day for a year, but I have gone for stretches of months, and always with obvious results–both positive results and demonic attacks.
One of the reasons I recorded Hide Me In Your Wounds was to facilitate my own practice of this powerful devotion. I have Hide Me In Your Wounds on both our cell phones, two computers (including the file server on our home network, so I can listen to it on any of them), and in both cars. Since I completed the recordings, I’ve prayed the St. Bridget devotions fairly regularly.
This past few months have seen many prayers answered, many signs of healing and progress for old wounds in both sides of our families. I am eager to see what greater blessings await as I continue in my practice of this devotion.
New Year’s Day makes a great starting point for trying to make it a year.