The first mention of the Chaplet of the Five Wounds is found in a document dating back to 1821. The Platea of Saints John and Paul, at Rome, relates, "The Most Rev. Fr. General, acting in accordance with our spirit to promote devotion to the Passion of Our Lord, obtained permission to bless the Chaplet of the Five Wounds, at the same time enriching it with indulgences." This chaplet was first approved by a decree of Pius VII dated January 22, 1822.
How to pray the Chaplet of the Five Wounds
The Chaplet of the Five Wounds consists of 5 groups of 5 beads each. For each bead, pray one Glory Be... and one Hail Mary for the Blessed Virgin.
On each group of five beads, meditate on one of the Five wounds of Our Lord.
On the large beads pray,
I offer Thee the Wounds
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
to heal the wounds of our souls.
On the small beads pray,
pardon and mercy
through the merits of Thy Sacred Wounds.
Meditate first on the Wound in the left foot of Our Lord,
then the Wound in the right foot,
the left hand,
the right hand,
and finally the Wound in the Sacred side of Jesus.