Though the Passion narratives of the Gospels expressly record only the opening of the Lord's side, the piercing of His hands and feet, a normal practice in contemporary crucifixions, is attested in the Resurrection appearances. Devotion to the Five Wounds developed in the Middle Ages. It was fostered by the stigmatization of St Francis of Assisi. The preference soon given to the wound in the side led to the cult of the Sacred Heart.
Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.