Holy Face Devotion

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

“By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained.” — Our Lord to Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre (November 1846).

Origin of the Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

On November 24, 1843, Our Lord spoke the following words to the French Carmelite, Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre: “The earth is covered with crimes. The violation of the first three commandments of God has irritated My Father. The Holy Name of God blasphemed and the Holy Day of the Lord profaned, fills up the measure in iniquities. These sins have risen unto the Throne of God and provoked His wrath which will soon burst forth if His justice be not appeased. At no time have these crimes reached such a pitch.” Our Lord appeared several times to Sister Marie to ask for reparation to be done to His Holy Face. These revelations have the full approval of the Catholic Church.

Sister Marie was given a vision in which she saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus delightfully wounded by the “Golden Arrow” as torrents of graces streamed from It for the conversion of sinners.

The Golden Arrow Prayer

Dictated by Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter

May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable, Most Incomprehensible and Ineffable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored, and glorified, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Amen.

The Holy Face Medal

Sr. Maria Pierina de Micheli (d. 1945, beatified May 30, 2010) was urged in many visions by the Blessed Mother and Jesus Himself to spread the devotion to the Holy Face. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her holding a scapular which on one piece bore the image from the Holy Shroud with the words “Illumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos” (May the light of Thy Face, O Lord, shine upon us) and on the other a Host surrounded by rays and the words “Mane Nobiscum Domine” (Stay with us, O Lord). Our Lady promised: “All who shall wear a scapular like this and make, if possible, a visit to the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday in reparation for the outrages that the Holy Face of my Son Jesus received during His Passion and is still receiving in the Holy Eucharist every day, will be strengthened in the faith and be made ready to defend it, will overcome all difficulties, internal and external, and will have a peaceful death under the loving gaze of my Divine Son.”

Sister Pierina felt inspired and obtained permission to have a medal cast which Our Lady approved of and granted the same favors and promises as those of the scapular.

The first medal of the Holy Face was offered to Pope Pius XII who approved the devotion and the medal. On April 17, 1958, he declared the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday) as the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus as Our Lord had requested.

Our Lord told Sr. Marie of St. Peter on March 16, 1844, “Oh if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once, ‘Admirable is the Name of God,’ in the spirit of reparation for blasphemy.”

Eternal Father, we offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy well-beloved Son, for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name and for the salvation of souls.

O Jesus, through the merits of Thy Holy Face, have pity on us and on the whole world (say three times).

Promises of Our Lord to Sr. Marie of St. Peter

By My Holy Face you shall work wonders.

All those who honor My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation will by so doing perform the office of the pious Veronica.

According to the care you take in making Reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the baptismal font.

Our Lord has promised for all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, that He will defend them before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty.

Our Lord has promised that He will imprint His Divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His Holy Face.

Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus

The chaplet has for its object the honoring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ and of entreating God for the triumph of His Church. The chaplet comes to us from Sr. St. Pierre and is composed of a cross, 39 beads, six of which are large, and 33 of which are small. The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 recall to mind the 30 years of His private life, and are divided into five decades of six with the intention of honoring the five senses, touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste of Jesus, which have their seat principally in His Holy Face, rendering homage to all the sufferings our Lord endured in His Face through each one of these senses. A large bead to honor each of the senses precedes each of these five decades of six beads. The three small beads recall the public life of the Savior and honor the wounds of His adorable Face; the large bead preceding them has the same purpose. A medal of the Holy Face completes the chaplet.

To pray this chaplet, start on the crucifix and recite this invocation: “O God, come to my aid: O Lord, make haste to help me,” followed by the Glory Be.

On each large bead pray: “My Jesus, mercy!”

On each small bead recite: “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee before His Holy Face.”

Complete the chaplet by repeating the Glory Be seven times, honoring the seven words of Jesus upon the Cross, and the seven dolors of the Immaculate Virgin.

On the medal pray: “O God, our Protector, look on us, and cast Your eyes upon the Face of Your Christ.”


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