Behold the Pierced One
The first part of this hour-long program shares a devotional prayer (Divine Mercy Chaplet, St. Bridget Prayers, Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, litanies, the Way of the Cross and the Way of Light), led by the faithful, followed by sacred music. When the devotion does not last the entire hour, in the second part of the program, a bishop or priest leads the listener in gazing, with eyes of faith, on the pierced Heart of Jesus and the Mercy of God. The priest draws, for his meditation, on Scripture, papal teaching, the Doctors of the Church, the Fathers of the Church, and the writings of the Saints.
The Psalmist prophesies the sufferings of Jesus, saying, “They have pierced my hands and my feet--I can count all my bones--they stare and gloat over me.” (Psalm 22)
And the Evangelist John gives the historical account of His suffering telling us,
One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of him shall be broken.”And again another Scripture says, “They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.”(Jn 19:34-37)
"The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus ... which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior's steps. The stations from the Praetorium to Golgotha and the tomb trace the way of Jesus, who by his holy Cross has redeemed the world." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2669)
In this hour, a priest leads the listener in gazing, with eyes of faith, on the pierced Heart of Jesus. It is this pierced Heart that reveals God's love for sinners, in other words it reveals Divine Mercy. The Hour begins with a prayer, such as a Divine Mercy Chaplet, Prayer of Saint Bridgette, or the Way of the Cross. On Sundays, the Stations of the Resurrection, the Via Lucis are broadcast to emphasize each Sunday’s focus on the Resurrection; each Sunday is a little Easter. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, this prayer is followed by meditations on the Lord's Passion, the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Mercy of God, drawn from Scripture, papal teaching, the Doctors of the Church, the Fathers of the Church, and the writings of the Saints. The meditations are followed by silence and music to give the listener a sacred space to encounter the merciful love of our crucified and risen Lord.
(Behold the Pierced One is a Registered Trademark of Saint Joseph Missions)