"Therefore, we ask that we may know what we love, since we ask nothing other than that you give us yourself. For you are our all: our life, our light, our salvation, our food and our drink, our God. Inspire our hearts, I ask you, Jesus, with that breath of your Spirit; wound our souls with your love, so that the soul of each and every one of us may say in truth: Show me my soul's desire, for I am wounded by your love.
"These are the wounds I wish for, Lord. Blessed is the soul so wounded by love. Such a soul seeks the fountain of eternal life and drinks from it, although it continues to thirst and its thirst grows ever greater even as it drinks. Therefore, the more the soul loves, the more it desires love, and the greater its suffering, the greater its healing. In the same way may our God and Lord Jesus Christ, the good and saving physician, wound the depths of our souls with a healing wound -- the same Jesus Christ who reigns in unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen."
Picture: The icon and altar from the abbey church of Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, California. The icon is copyright protected by Prince of Peace Abbey. My photo of the icon here is posted by permission of Prince of Peace Abbey.
The icon's title is "Christ the Prince of Peace, the Universal Ruler," based on the Gospel of St. John and the Revelation of St. John. The wounds of Christ's passion are shown as stars on Christ's wrists, based on Scripture describing the "Lamb standing, yet slain." The facial proportions were taken from the Shroud of Turin.